According to its developer, The Witcher 4 would launch a whole new saga in the franchise.
“We said there would be a new saga,” CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński said after being questioned by an investor during the company’s financial report call, asking for clarification on the future of the franchise. “Of course, now we are pre-producing the first game of this saga. But we have more than one in mind. The first saga was three games, so now we are thinking of more than one game. But we are in pre-production on the first game of the second Witcher saga.”
News about the project has remained scarce since the company’s announcement The Witcher 4 with a mysterious poster in March. The image shows a medallion, similar to the one Geralt wears in honor of the Wolf School, but with a shape that doesn’t match any known schools in the game or the books. CD Projekt Red apparently confirmed The Witcher 4 would introduce a new school to the game when the developer’s global community manager, Marcin Momot, responded with a nodding gif to a fan’s comment that the medallion looked like a lynx.
So far, the witcher The games canon contains eight official schools, with only the wolf being heavily focused in the novels. Besides the wolf, these schools include the school of the bear, the school of the viper, the school of the cat, the school of the griffin, and two established in the desert of Korath, the school of the crane and the school of the Manticore. Although unofficial, the School of the Lynx has frequently appeared in fan fiction.
Also as part of its reveal, CD Projekt Red announced that it will be building the latest entry on the new Unreal Engine 5. “We are moving from REDengine to Unreal Engine 5, entering into a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games… closely with Epic Games developers, with the primary focus being to help customize the engine for open-world experiences.”
Since the initial reveal, details have remained scarce. Fans speculated that the snow in the reveal poster indicated that The Witcher 4 takes place in one of the northern territories, most likely Kovir or Poviss in the northern kingdoms or even the Far North itself. Other theories focus on the identity of the new protagonist, with some speculating that Geralt’s adopted daughter, Ciri, will take center stage in the new games. Rumors aside, the last official news ahead of today’s financial call came in May, when CD Projekt Red revealed The Witcher 4 had completed its research phase and would now enter pre-production.
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