The Witcher 4: Everything we know so far


There was a lot of excitement when a teaser image for The Witcher 4 appeared on Twitter in March. After the huge success of The Witcher 3 in 2015, and the first two seasons of the recent Netflix series starring Henry Cavill as Geralt, it’s no big surprise that CD Projekt Red decided to develop a new Witcher game.

The Witcher 3 is considered one of the greatest RPGs of all time thanks to its open world full of deep and satisfying combat with a rich story and side quests (and Gwent). While the game and its two expansions concluded the story of Geralt of Rivia, there’s a lot more to the Witcher universe for a new game to tackle.

So far we know relatively little about The Witcher 4 except what we can interpret from the teaser image. In fact, it probably won’t be called The Witcher 4 according to CD Projekt Red Global PR director Radek Grabowski, who clarified on Twitter that no name has been announced for the new project and that it will not be exclusive to one storefront.

We also know that The Witcher 4’s “research phase” is over, which means development should begin soon.

Addressing investors in a Q1 FY22 Financial BriefingAdam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt Group, said: “We can’t wait to revisit the universe that has shaped our history so much.”

“We recently concluded the research phase of the first game in the new Witcher saga, which means that from now on additional development expenditure will be capitalized on our balance sheet.”

There was a four-year gap between The Witcher 2 and 3, and this latest news only confirms the development of a new Witcher game, so we’re going to have to wait a long time before we can hunt any new monsters.

Here’s everything we know about The Witcher 4 so far.

Witcher 4 Teaser Hints at School of the Lynx

The Witcher 4 teaser image sent fans into a minor frenzy, and many were quick to point out that the Witcher medallion placed in the snow resembled a Lynx. This was confirmed by CDPR Community Manager Marcin Momot, who responded to the suggestion on Twitter. with a nod of agreement.

In the Witcher books and games, we know of many Witcher schools, including the School of the Wolf, to which Geralt belongs; Bear School; Griffin; and Viper. There is also a Cat School of Witchers, but it seems to be different from the school of the Lynx.

Although there is no official Lynx school in the games or books, there was one created in a fanfic which is listed on the Witcher Fanon Wiki. This means that writers and developers can have plenty of room to create a new plot and setting for the new game’s main character.

The Witcher 4 will not be an Epic Games exclusive

The official Witcher game Twitter account confirmed on the same day the teaser was announced (March 21) that it would not be exclusive to a showcase. This comes after CDPR recently announced that it will partner with Epic Games for the future.

That doesn’t mean the game will come to Steam on day one, as CDPR also owns the GOG showcase, so it will be a surprise if it doesn’t appear there when the game is released. This may mean that “The Witcher 4” could only launch on the Epic Games Store and GOG, which technically doesn’t make it an Epic exclusive.

The Witcher 4 will use Unreal Engine 5

Along with the announcement that CDPR will partner with Epic Games, they also confirmed in the Unreal Engine 5 release overview that the new game will use the new engine created by Epic.

This is interesting because previously CDPR was keen to point out that The Witcher games were made using its own proprietary technology, the REDengine. It’s likely that the Unreal Engine 5 demo tried CD Projekt Red to make the switch.

CD Projekt Red CTO, Paweł Zawodny, said, “It’s an exciting time as we transition from REDengine to Unreal Engine 5, entering into a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games… We will be working closely with Epic Games developers , the main goal being to help adapt the engine to open-world experiences.” Zawodny noted that “it was the move to open world support that caught our eye on Unreal Engine 5”.

CDPR acquires additional game studio

In October 2021, CD Projekt Red acquired game studio The Molasses Flood, the creators of The Flame in the Flood and Drake Hollow. The announcement stated that Molasses Flood would be working closely with CDPR on one of their IPs, and later CDPR said they would not be working on Cyberpunk 2077, so it follows that Molasses Flood will be working on the next Witcher game.

The story of The Witcher 4

Even knowing that The Witcher 4 will have something to do with the new Lynx School of Witchers, it’s nearly impossible to predict what we’ll see, but we can speculate on certain characters or events happening. Early major character fans wonder if they’ll see is Geralt of Rivia, the main character of the original trilogy and books. The Witcher 3 concluded Geralt’s story, but it didn’t kill him or the world he found himself in.

In an interview with Polygon in 2013, executive producer John Mamais floated the idea that Geralt could return in a future game in some way, saying, “We could even potentially include Geralt in later games”. This makes sense given Geralt’s age throughout the trilogy (in his 90s) and the lifespan of the Witchers (well into their hundreds), so he could appear in a game set before or after the Witcher 3.

It is the same for Ciri, another main character from the games and books who is given to Geralt due to the Law of Surprise and becomes a daughter to him and Yennefer. Ciri is much younger than Geralt in The Witcher 3 and has the ability to time travel, so it’s even more likely that we could see Ciri in the next Witcher game, possibly as the founder of the Lynx School of Witchers.

And finally, CDPR signed a new contract in 2019 with Andrzej Sapkowski, the creator of the Witcher books. Sapkowski was not a fan of the success of the Witcher games as he signed the rights for a lump sum. Now that the two parties are back together, Sapkowski will likely have an influence on how the new Witcher game’s story develops.

There’s a long way to go before the next Witcher game is released, and after initial struggles with Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red has promised not to reveal too much until their games are close to release. When more is revealed, we’ll keep you posted on this page and on VG247. In the meantime, give it Twitter Jelly Deals account tracking to help you find games on sale to play before The Witcher 4 releases.


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