CD Projekt nonetheless hasn’t stated whether or not or no longer it’s going to apply up The Witcher three with some other large Witcher RPG, however did appear to indicate as a lot this week. In a slide from its newest investor replace, the corporate declared that “parallel AAA construction” will get started in 2022. The textual content is ready over paintings from The Witcher three and Cyberpunk 2077—lovely suggestive!
The long run is not slightly as transparent as the picture makes it appear, even though. CD Projekt president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński did say in the most recent technique replace video that the corporate will paintings on two “AAA” video games concurrently through rising its operations (it purchased a Canadian studio, as one step), however he did not point out any plans for a brand new Witcher recreation, and no doubt did not point out plans for a brand new Cyberpunk recreation. If truth be told, CD Projekt is backing off of designs for a Cyberpunk multiplayer recreation.
“Up to now we hinted that our subsequent triple-A could be a multiplayer Cyberpunk recreation, however we’ve determined to rethink this plan,” Kiciński stated within the video.
CD Projekt SVP of commercial construction Michał Nowakowski additionally stated that, in comparison to previous advertising campaigns, CD Projekt may not get started appearing trailers and demos till its video games are “a lot nearer” to release. It’ll nonetheless tease issues, however do not be expecting some other years-long sequence of trailers and demos. If there’s a new Witcher RPG within the works, CD Projekt is not announcing for now.
As for what is introduced, the present Cyberpunk roadmap contains “patches and updates,” loose DLC, and the following gen replace. CD Projekt may be operating on a subsequent gen replace for The Witcher three, and its different Witcher plans come with extra paintings on cell recreation Monster Slayer and “additional construction of Gwent.” That is all that has in truth been introduced.
There is nonetheless a tight likelihood that a kind of AAA initiatives is a Witcher recreation. It most certainly may not be The Witcher four, as CD Projekt has stated that the present RPG sequence is a trilogy and just a trilogy, however the corporate did negotiate a brand new take care of Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski again in 2019, and has stated up to now that it does not plan to forestall making Witcher stuff.
Whilst the tactic replace expresses that CD Projekt is greater than a singleplayer RPG developer—it is now into TV, tune, products, cell video games, and multiplayer modes—large RPGs stay the root for all that different stuff. In investor replace terminology, “world-class AAA RPGs” are the primary parts in CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk and Witcher “franchise flywheels.” (The place would we be with out franchise flywheels?)
That during thoughts, there may be for sure greater than Cyberpunk DLC and a Witcher three next-gen replace at the means, and CD Projekt has hinted at different RPG initiatives prior to. The specifics of earlier teases is probably not very dependable anymore, even though, with Cyberpunk multiplayer as one instance of one thing that may not pan out as anticipated. And with CD Projekt changing into extra wary about early bulletins and years-long advertising classes, we won’t know what is forward till it is just about upon us.
You’ll be able to watch the overall technique replace video right here.