The Witcher 4 is officially in development.
Developer CD Projekt Red announcement the next installment of the popular RPG franchise in a brief blog post. The new game hasn’t been officially labeled as The Witcher 4, but it’s said to kick off “a new saga for the franchise.”
The Witcher 4, or whatever its final title, will see CD Projekt Red move from REDengine, which was used for the development of Cyberpunk 2077, to Unreal Engine 5. The studio has been using the engine since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, released in 2011. However, REDengine will still be used for the next Cyberpunk 2077 expansion.
Unreal Engine creator Epic Games will also become a central partner of CD Projekt Red under a “multi-year strategic partnership”. CDPR says it will work to refine the next-gen game engine to suit the open worlds it’s known for.
However, while Epic Games will be a key partner for CDPR going forward, the official Witcher account confirmed that there are no plans to make The Witcher 4 exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, or any other storefront.
The studio was quick to point out that it doesn’t have a development timeline, release date, or even an approximate release window to share for The Witcher 4 at this point. The only information we have comes from the announcement’s teaser image, which appears to feature the Witcher Medallion being used by the School of the Cat. This school is notably distinguished from the School of the Wolf followed by Geralt, the protagonist of the series The Witcher.
As The Witcher fandom wiki Remarks, the School of the Cat is one of the only witcher schools that regularly trains women and non-pure humans. This could suggest that the next game in the series will feature a new playable character instead or perhaps in addition to Geralt, but it’s also theoretically possible that Geralt will return only to get tangled up in the workings of another faction. from Witcher.
Many fans have speculated (read: breathlessly wished for) that The Witcher 4 might introduce Ciri, Geralt’s adopted daughter, as the lead. However, while Ciri had a significant relationship with the School of the Cat, she was formally trained in Kaer Morhen under the guidance of Geralt and other members of the Wolf, so we can only assume as much based on this single teaser image. That said, there’s no doubt big changes are coming to the Witcher games as we know them.
Here are the best games like The Witcher 3 to help you get by while we wait for more information on the next episode.