For a while at least. CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski said the studio doesn’t have any plans for The Witcher after the Blood and Wine expansion hits at the end of the month.
“As we said before, never say never [but] right now it’s really Blood and Wine. This the end,” said Iwinski. “Blood and Wine is [the] closing and there won’t be any Witcher any time soon – if there ever will be one.”
No more Witcher? Ever? I’m not buying it. A long break? Sure. But I doubt Blood and Wine is the last we’ll see of the Witcher.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a huge success and is regarded by many as one of the best games of 2015 (or any year). But even if CD Projekt Red decides to return to the Witcher universe, it will be a while. The studio is hard at work on Cyberpunk 2077. And after the insane polish of The Witcher 3, the studio has set a high bar for themselves.
The studio also confirmed another AAA RPG coming sometime between 2017-2021. Everyone just assumed it was going to be another Witcher game. But Iwinski is adamant it’s not. “We are a publicly traded company so we cannot comment on that but I can assure you we are not working on another Witcher,” he said.
You know, I respect that. Most publishers take a successful franchise and milk it for everything it’s worth. Developing a hit game like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and then letting it stand on its own takes guts. I know if I were running CD Projekt Red, I would be tempted to go all ‘Call of Duty’ with it and pump out Witcher games all the time.
By letting the franchise breathe, CD Projekt Red ensures that if they do revisit the world of The Witcher – fans will fall over themselves to play it. It reminds me of how Blizzard approaches their games. Their releases are so few and far between that when they do come out, you can’t wait to play them.
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine trailer
The Blood and Wine expansion wraps up an incredible month of gaming. I’ve picked up most of the big releases and still haven’t finished any of them. For some reason, I’m hooked on World of Warships. Go figure.
If you missed out on the Blood and Wine trailer, check it out below.
Man, CD Projekt Red is on top of their game. It’s crazy how such a big world can look so damn good. The Blood and Wine expansion is the second and final expansion for The Witcher 3. It’s also the biggest. Here’s how CD Projekt Red’s Konrad Tomaszkiewicz describes it.
“Blood and Wine makes The Witcher 3 complete — it’s Geralt’s final mission. Containing more than 90 new quests, and over thirty hours of brand new adventures, it’s something that I think gamers will remember for a long time. There’s also a massive amount of features we’re giving gamers with this expansion like a dynamic Point of Interest system, a new GWENT deck, new endgame mutation mechanics, and even a place Geralt can call home…. And it’s all happening in a new region as big as No Man’s Land in the base game.”
Blood and Wine hits Xbox One, PC and PS4 on May 31. It’ll go onto my digital shelf next to Uncharted 4, DOOM, Stellaris, Overwatch and Total War: Warhammer. Yep, I have a problem.