Not for the first time in its short yet decorated history, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the success story of another awards event — this time, it took home the coveted Game of the Year gong at GDC 2016.
Lauded by fans and critics alike, it’s led many to speculate on the immediate future of Geralt of Rivia beyond this year’s Blood and Wine DLC, including developer CD Projekt Red.
During an interview with GameSpot, Studio Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski levelled on the conclusive nature of Wild Hunt, claiming that last year’s RPG represents the end of the series — for now, at least.
“Yes, definitely. Definitely. Definitely. I was asked about it before, whether there will be Witcher 4 and whatnot, but I’m saying we love the world, we are big fans of [Andrzej Sapkowski’s] writings, but yeah. If something happens maybe somewhere down the line…but we don’t have anything planned.
“Honestly speaking, there’s nothing we are working on right now. I think we need to rest, we spent the last 14 years in this world, and we love it, but right now it’s Cyberpunk time and we have to put everything we’ve got and then some [into it] and deliver.”
Not one to rest on their laurels, after 14 years spent in The Witcher universe, CD Projekt Red is ready to delve into long-anticipated sci-fi title Cyberpunk 2077. Here, Studio CEO Marcin Iwinski explained what the game needs to be “f**king great” in light of Wild Hunt‘s barnstorming success.
“Right now, we have the success of the Witcher 3; people played it and people loved it. So it’s even more responsibility. The fact that Witcher 3 performed so well allows us to be even more ambitious with Cyberpunk 2077. Right now, it’s on our shoulders to deliver here. The next time you hear about Cyberpunk 2077 we will show something and it must be f**king great.”
Blood and Wine is the next mile marker on The Witcher 3‘s radar, which has been tentatively slated for a release some time in the spring. Cyberpunk 2077, meanwhile, will likely shape up to be a late 2017 or early 2018 title, given the ambitious scope.