Fans want to know: when will we see The Witcher 4? Thirteen years have passed since the release of the first The Witcher game, kicking off the start of the titular game series, which concluded with 2015’s The Witcher: The Wild Hunt, one of the most successful titles in the franchise. The Wild Hunt sold over 28 million copies, while the gaming franchise as a whole ended up selling over 50 million copies worldwide, ranking 28 on IGN’s Top 100 Video Games Of All Time list. Now it’s time for another sequel, and the Polish developer, CD Projekt, has already announced The Witcher 4, which now has a potential release date.
In a story covered by ComicBook.com, The Witcher 4 could release as soon as 2025. This might sound like a long wait, but fandom should remember that CD Projekt built a reputation for long reveal-to-release periods. Their Cyberpunk 2077 title is a perfect example of this; they announced it eight years before it was released. Admittedly, that’s the company’s only one-off; the previous Witcher titles only spent two years in development before they were released. Will The Witcher 4 take as long to develop, or maybe even longer?
After Cyberpunk 2077’s performance issues, and incredibly steep loss of fan base, the company announced that they’re canceling the game’s multiplayer release and refocusing on PS5 releases of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3. What does that have to do with The Witcher 4? Well, in their strategy update video, the CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski announced further development of the company’s two biggest franchises, which happen to be Cyberpunk and The Witcher. The continued development of these two franchises is scheduled to begin sometime in 2022.
With that in mind, CD Projekt might reveal The Witcher 4 official release date somewhere in 2023 and then release sometime in 2025, considering the previous reveal-to-release period. However, there are other things to consider as well. The original Witcher with Geralt of Rivia was always meant to be a trilogy, and the development team has no plans to expand that particular story but perhaps using its elements to forge a new one within the same universe.
The Witcher 4 will probably get another protagonist with a new story. This can be one of the previously seen characters, like Yennifer, Ciri, or Triss, or a brand new character, and possibly another Witcher, though we already know that the release won’t bear that particular title. Anything is possible, and without other official confirmations, none is more likely than the other.
The Witcher is one of the most popular triple-AAA gaming franchises in the gaming world, developed by CD Projekt. For those unfamiliar with the origins of the Wiedźmin (Polish for Witcher), the character and the story are based on a series of best-selling novels that even got a TV show adaptation, starring Henry Cavill.
It’s improbable that we’ll see more of Geralt in the future. For the fans that miss the original Witcher, you can always see him on your favorite console or the PS5’s release coming later this year. Taking everything into account, it’s highly likely that the fans might see The Witcher 4 sometime in 2025.