It would be an understatement to say that gamers worldwide were delighted with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, arguably 2015’s best video game by a mile. Actually, Polish developer CD Projekt Red’s game caused a sensation due to its mature storyline, great characters and unique fantasy world of Temeria, which was the darkest and most satisfyingly gritty video game setting in a very long time.
The Witcher 3 was followed by an expansion titled Blood and Wine, one that surely many gamers thought could not match the greatness of the base game. But many were stunned to discover that this was more than icing on the cake, and actually better than many of the full-price AAA games which came out in 2016.
Of course, the series as a whole is a tour de force of RPG gaming and has sold millions of copies worldwide, so logically plenty of gamers worldwide were anxious for CD Projekt to announce another entry in Geralt the Witcher’s adventures.
Alas, this was not to be, and CD Projekt kept true to its word when it said that The Witcher 3 would be the last game in the series to star the grizzled old witcher. Also, the Polish outfit had already put most of its efforts behind Cyberpunk 2077, an ambitious sci-fi RPG which caused quite a sensation at this year’s E3 show in Los Angeles, even if it’s probably quite a few years away from release still.
This is the reason why Adam Kiciński’s (CD Projekt’s CEO) words in an interview with Bankier.pl (via VG24/7) might have caused quite a stir online, as Kiciński has suggested that the Witcher franchise is pretty much alive in the developer’s minds, and that another game might be coming in the future.
“The first three Witchers were by definition a trilogy, so we simply could not name the next game The Witcher 4”, the Polish company’s CEO said, adding that “this does not mean, of course, that we will leave the world of The Witcher, created by us for over a dozen years. The Witcher is one of two franchises on which to build in the future activities of the company. Today, unfortunately, I cannot reveal anything more”.
And it’s clear that most RPG fans would love to return to Geralt’s world of swords and magic someday, even if playing as a different protagonist the next time around. After all, writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy world (on whose novels the games are based) has way too much potential to lay to waste, so hopefully we’ll get to see more of Temeria in an upcoming video game sooner rather than later.
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