CD Projekt Red has come a long way since the release of the original Witcher game in 2007. 15 years later, the studio has grown across two continents and produced not only multiple franchises, but also productions. multiple games in those franchises at once.
While we know that they are planning to develop two games simultaneously in the future, the Poland-based developer has started opening the AAA game space in October 2022 as it announced four new Witcher games, a new Cyberpunk and another brand new project all in one.
However, the explosion of information has led to some complicated ideas, with lots of quantities and orders, and schedules to be rotated around. For example, the next three releases of CD Projekt Red will be Witcher games, but this isn’t a new Witcher trilogy. Confuse!
To keep things up to date, IGN has put together this list of every CD Projekt Red game currently in development, as well as what we know about the release progress. The developer also said it is expanding partnerships with external studios for mobile games based on its franchise, but as nothing specific has been announced yet, they won’t be in the game. list.
Most games currently only have codenames (named after the stars, since CD Projekt Red is “reach for the stars”), but we’ve also explained in a more comprehensible way the essence of the game. every game.
All CD Projekt Red Game in development
CD Projekt Red confirms that a new Witcher game that will mark the beginning of a new story was in development in March 2022, and although it is not officially called The Witcher 4, this game can be considered as the real next Witcher game.
Later revealed under the codename Polaris, the new game will not be released until 2025 at the earliest because it just enter pre-production in May 2022. It is also under development in Unreal Engine 5, a new endeavor for CD Projekt Red that essentially asked them to create everything from scratch and establish a new foundation for its games in the future. However, it will be one of the next two games released by CD Projekt Red.
There aren’t any real story details about Polaris so far, although we know it will be the first game in the series. a new trio and its teaser image shows a Witcher medallion depicting a Lynxleading many to speculate that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Ciri will be the new protagonist (as Geralt was officially out of the picture).
The final word on Polaris is that Jason Slama of CD Projekt Red will direct it. The most recent slama is Game director of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and promised no cracking will happen at the studio next its Cyberpunk 2077 controversy.
Game Sirius, The Molasses Flood
Another Witcher game, codenamed Sirius, is in development at The Molasses Flood, the developers of Fire in the flood and Drake Hollow which purchased by CD Projekt Red in October 2021. It is the only other game that, along with Polaris, is currently being developed under the umbrella of CD Projekt Red (outside of Cyberpunk 2077 expansion), although it’s still in pre-production.
The game will feature single-player elements such as a story and quests but will also incorporate multiplayer components, with CD Projekt Red explicitly confirming that players will be able to play together. However, Sirius is set in the Witcher universe and is being developed with support from CD Projekt Red, it will not follow the open world RPG formula of Polaris or The Witcher 3.
Instead, it’s “targeted to a wider audience,” and while we don’t know exactly what that means, Michał Nowakowski’s CD Projekt Red says it’s “definitely not a smaller game” and “certainly not a mobile game”. Instead, it’s looking to attract people who are interested in the Witcher franchise, perhaps for Netflix shows or books, but not interested in playing a “hard role-playing game,” he added. .
No further details have been shared, but we were able to identify from various job listings from the Molasses . Flood that Sirius will likely feature stylized art and some form of procedurally generated levels with leveling up and a battle system, possibly suggesting a survival or spoof-like game. It’s unclear when we’ll find out more, but Sirius will be one of the next three games released from CD Projekt Red.
Canis Majoris, Another Open World Witcher RPG
Polaris is kicking off another trilogy of traditional Witcher games, but these won’t be the only “official” entries on the horizon. Canis Majoris is the codename for another AAA story-driven Witcher RPG, but this game has only been published by CD Projekt Red.
A currently unknown developer, led by industry veterans who have worked on previous Witcher games, will instead create a new entry in Unreal Engine 5 using the same a toolkit like Polaris. CD Projekt Red President and Joint CEO Adam Kiciński confirmed that the result is that Canis Majoris will come after Polaris, which means it will also take at least three more years, and possibly more.
While we don’t know who’s making it at the moment, we do know who isn’t. Rebel Wolves – a studio founded by the game director of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and many other former employees of CD Projekt Red – confirmed it wasn’t the mystery studio behind the spin-off after it was picked up by fans who expected its own AAA dark fantasy to be the new Witcher game.
Marcin Jefimow is also expected (as executive producer CD Projekt Red, who left the company in September 2022) but he confirmed to IGN that neither he nor his new team are participating. We may not have to wait too long, though, before the mysterious studio is revealed, as Kiciński also commented that CD Projekt Red will share more “soon, really soon”.
Orion, the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077
Even though made it clear before that there would be more Cyberpunk gamesCD Projekt Red officially confirms its plans for Cyberpunk 2077 sequel October 2022. Codenamed Orion, the game remains undeveloped as it first requires “further development of the team”, something CD Projekt Red is taking seriously as it expands fully to the US.
Titled CD Projekt Red North America, this new official studio will be based in Boston (next to but separate from The Molasses Flood) but also include Its Vancouver team was acquired in March 2021.
CD Projekt Red North America will be the title studio behind Orion’s development, and while some of the talent includes Cyberpunk 2077 main quest designer, Paweł Sasko is moving from Poland, a significant wave of hiring is expected as CD Projekt Red CFO Piotr Nielubowicz commented that it is “safe to assume” that it will take between 350 and 500 developers to create Orion .
Hadar’s first original IP, CD Projekt Red
CD Projekt Red has officially started working on its own native IP after developing games for existing properties for almost 20 years. Little is known about what this game, codenamed Hadar, will turn out to be, but it’s been under review for a few years and initial concept work officially begins in late 2021.
However, Hadar is likely to be many years away, possibly even the furthest of all the CD Projekt Red games we currently know, as the foundation of the new setting is still in the discovery phase. creation. There’s no hint of its content, but CD Projekt Red remains committed to its branding as a studio that makes AAA, story-driven RPGs, meaning Hadar will likely fall into that category.
However, the studio says it plans to include multiplayer elements in most future titles, and its private IP could be the perfect place to explore the concept without restrictions.
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The only games confirmed without a codename, Witcher 5 and 6 (since there is no official title) were the last two to be confirmed by CD Projekt Red in October 2022. Very little is known about it. games, even though they will end new Witcher trilogy begins with Polarisand the same can be seen as the mainline Witcher game.
This trilogy marks a new story for the Witcher as it transitions from its previous protagonist Geralt, whose story is encapsulated on the original Witcher books from Andrzej Sapkowski and the first game trilogy. of the game Witcher.
We don’t know much other than what has been said about Polaris, but CD Projekt Red has at least given the schedule for these last two games. It currently plans to release both within six years of Polaris, meaning a new Witcher trilogy game will be released every three years on average.
Of course, it’s still unknown when Polaris will kick things off, but given that it won’t be released until at least 2025, the new trilogy should last until at least 2031. three games in six years looks ambitious, CD Projekt Red is currently working on creating the foundation of the trilogy in Unreal Engine 5 that will be used on all three, meaning the latter two should be easy to develop. slightly.
CD Projekt Red also released the first three Witcher games over the course of eight years at a fraction of its current development capacity, with the first coming out in 2007 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ending the trilogy in 2015.
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer on IGN. He would talk about The Witcher all day.