Where is The Witcher 4? We know that the beautiful Beauclair sun has now set on Geralt’s adventures in The Witcher series, well, depending on how your epic story ended. However, we simply can’t be without monsters to slay and humans to lay, and The Witcher 4 would be the finest way to do it for another hundred hours.
Related: Here’s everything we know about CD Projekt’s futuristic open-worlder Cyberpunk 2077.
With more game of the year awards than any other game in history and over 25 million in sales, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was some achievement. For many, The Witcher 3 wasn’t just game of the year of 2015, but the game of the generation, with its spellbinding, nuanced story and captivating fantasy world. And that’s before you get cracking with some of the best story DLC ever with Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
So, surely, making The Witcher 4 is a no-brainer. However, it’s going to be some time before we can set out into the most wonderful realisation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s medieval world once again: developers CD Projekt Red have enough on their plates with spin-off CCG Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and the eagerly awaited Cyberpunk 2077.
That said, we do have some exciting nuggets of info to sate your appetite before you can even think about another round of monster murder. Below you’ll find everything we know about The Witcher 4.
The Witcher 4 release date
There is no Witcher 4 release date yet - expect to wait at least a few years before we get any concrete details on the next game in the series. The Witcher 3 took three-and-a-half years of active development to complete, and we can’t find any evidence to confirm The Witcher 4 is even planned, let alone in development.
In fact, CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski stressed that The Witcher 4 is not being made and “won’t be any time soon.” Speaking to Eurogamer, Iwinski made the prospect of The Witcher 4 seem even more unlikely: “This is the end […] there won’t be any Witcher any time soon - if there ever will be one.” Back to struggling with The Witcher 1’s archaic mechanics for us, then.
In better news, however, in March 2018 it was discovered in a CD Projekt Red management report that the company are planning to release their next unannounced project by the end of 2021. It is not set in stone that this is in any way a Witcher 4 release date, but the report states that this mystery game is "in the 2017-2021 timeframe" and will be "another triple-A story-driven RPG."
The Witcher 4 news
Ok, we will have to start with some sad The Witcher 4 news. We knew, even before it released, that The Witcher 3 was certain to be the last game to feature grizzled Geralt as the main protagonist. “We are not killing the world and walking away from it,” Iwinski said to Polygon during a 2013 tech demo, “but we will definitely want to make this game the finale in a big way.” Tantalisingly, he added: “we might even include Geralt in later games, potentially.” Any more of the White Wolf is a win in our book.
Later, in December 2015, CD Projekt’s CEO, Adam Kicinski, said that forgetting about The Witcher would be “unfair to the fans” in an interview with Polish TV station TVN24 BiS. But he did add that, at that stage, it was “too early to talk about it.”
In March this year, in an investors call, Iwinski said, “we’ll think about [making a new Witcher game] at some point” but admitted that the series “deserves some rest.” We’ll have to agree to disagree.
Doug Cockle - aka the voice of Geralt - confirmed that (at least to his knowledge) our favourite white-haired curmudgeon won't be back any time soon in an EGX 2017 panel.
Kicinski repeated that each Witcher entry released so far was conceived as a trilogy, but that there would be a future game set in this world in some form, in an interview with Polish financial site Strefainwestorow. This was then translated by ResetEra in November 2017.
The Witcher 4 story
Even if you didn’t wring every drop of griffin blood out of The Witcher 3 by completing the Blood and Wine DLC and ticking off every question mark, Geralt’s final outing ended definitively. There were 40 different endings but, regardless of the outcome, there was little room left for a new, full-fat adventure with Geralt at the helm.
So, Geralt is out but, as charmingly rugged as he is, there are a slew of interesting characters in Sapkowski’s world that could more than handle the role of main playable character in The Witcher 4. We’re going to mention some The Witcher 3 spoilers now, so come back when you’ve finished deciding the fate of the Nilfgaardian Empire.
First, we would like to see Ciri take the lead in her role as a full-time monster hunter in The Witcher 4. If you got this ending, it’d be an arresting prospect to live the life of Ciri, empress of Nilfgaard. Dragon Age: Inquisition-style, we could negotiate, barter, and command armies to settle disputes across the empire. And, if Ciri died in your game, well, we’ll leave you to grieve.
Even better, we could follow a new witcher through the notoriously dangerous Trial of the Grasses. Many budding witchers perish in this brutal training programme, but there’s plenty of story potential there. Or we could be transported back 1,500 years before the events of the novels to the Conjunction of the Spheres, the cataclysm trapping the many monsters of The Witcher in our dimension. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the narratives The Witcher 4 could pursue.
The Witcher 4 trailer
To have a The Witcher 4 trailer we’d need it to actually exist, first. Perhaps we can will it into existence if we all collectively pray to the Eternal Fire. Anyway, you can get nostalgic all over again with this tenth anniversary video of the series below.
That’s all we have for you on The Witcher 4 right now. We’re probably going to be in for a long wait, so let us know what you’d like to see from the Witcher 4 in the comments below.