CD Projekt RED is a well-known developer, may it be due to their recently “failed” Cyberpunk 2077 or their iconic The Witcher series. Since 2015, CD Projekt Red has kept its mouth closed upon the possibility of introducing another game in the franchise.
That was true until March 2022, so here’s everything we know about The Witcher 4, including its speculated release date and possible leaks.
The Witcher 4: Speculated Release Date
We’ll be straightforward on the get-go; there is no confirmed release date nor any reliable information about the release date for the Witcher 4. Provided that the latest Witcher 3 had almost a 2-year span between its announcement and release, we can only hope it would be the same for the sequel. With that said, a speculated release date of 2024 to 2025 is an ideal case for The Witcher 4.
We’ll update this section if anything comes up, including The Witcher 4 leaks.
The Witcher 4’s Game Engine
Most of you might be expecting CD Projekt RED to use its proprietary engine called the REDengine — recently seen on the absolutely stunning Cyberpunk 2077. It’s honestly one of the most gorgeous engines made besides Rockstar’s Advanced Game Engine (RAGE). The implementation of ray tracing, specular map, and lighting all make up the stunning neon-filled lights of Night City.
CD Projekt RED surprised us that they made a multi-year strategic deal with Epic Games, bringing The Witcher series to Unreal Engine 5 — Epic Games’ newest engine. What can we expect from The Witcher 4’s transition into Unreal Engine 5? Well, here are a few fascinating technologies incorporated in Unreal Engine 5.
- Lumen Technology: Tries to emulate natural lighting.
- Nanite Technology: Allows incredibly detailed 3D Models by incorporating millions of polygons to keep the model as realistic as possible.
- Metahuman: Creates lifelike avatars by taking 3D scans of a person’s face and body.
- Meta Sounds: This allows sound designers to thoroughly work on the audio in Unreal Engine and allows them to create a much more immersive sound stage for players to experience.
- Open Worlds: Faster creation of open worlds for development and allows quicker loading times due to the World Partition system.
It is undoubtedly exciting that we’ll experience the entire world and lore of The Witcher 4 in this brand-new engine.
Will The Witcher 4 Be An Epic Games Store Exclusive?
With the partnership of Epic Games and CD Projekt RED, most fans highly think that the upcoming sequel will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on Windows. The good news is that CD Projekt RED openly stated that they would not make The Witcher 4 an Epic Games Store exclusive.
According to this Tweet from the official Witcher account, CD Projekt RED has no plans to make the game exclusive to any storefront.
It is nice to see that CD Projekt RED is open to having the game out in several stores for the PC. This news means that we will get regional pricing on the game, and absurd discounts throughout the years, especially in G.O.G. and Steam.
The Witcher 4: Possible Storyline
With the multiple endings presented in The Witcher 3, indeed, The Witcher 4 should emphasize the “canon” ending for the trilogy. It could also mean that Ciri might be in charge of this “new saga.” However, it’s still up in the air as CD Projekt RED released a teaser image for The Witcher 4.
This brand new teaser image is a medallion that belongs to the School of the Lynx. We all know that Lambert came from this school, which could mean that the protagonist is one of his Witcher friends or even his student. Regardless, we will update the article once we have more news about the story of The Witcher 4, including leaks.
Will Geralt Be Included in The Witcher 4?
Most likely, Geralt will only make a brief cameo or even at least a mention within the game. This theory comes from the fact that The Witcher 4 will focus solely on a different school of Witchers, which, unfortunately, isn’t Geralt’s school.
Geralt’s storyline has already been concluded in the first trilogy of The Witcher; there’s no reason to possibly extend his storyline. Also, the teaser image involves the text “A New Saga Begins.”
Will The Witcher 4 Be Similar to the Netflix Series?
Very unlikely that this will happen. There are many problems if CD Projekt RED will make The Witcher 4 similar to the Netflix Series. Firstly, the story will have continuity issues as the Netflix series tackles most of the first trilogy. Second, the game will introduce new characters such as Gallatin, Milva, and many more, further complicating the plot.
Lastly, if The Witcher 4 is similar to the Netflix Series, it will become a soft reboot to the entire Witcher game franchise, ultimately failing CD Projekt RED’s promise of getting a new saga for the franchise.
The Witcher 4 is surely a highly anticipated game from CD Projekt RED. Hopefully, they will be able to redeem themselves after the fiasco with Cyberpunk 2077. Are you excited about the sequel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!