In a talk with Eurogamer’s senior staff writer Robert Purchese, co-founder of CD Projekt Red Marcin Iwinski said that the company doesn’t have another Witcher game in any kind of development, nor is one planned.
Answering a question on whether the studio will leave The Witcher series for good – following the release of Witcher 3 Blood and Wine on 31st May, or may consider a return to the same, this was his reply:
“We honestly don’t know. We don’t have anything planned as of now to be honest on the next Witcher. As we said before, never say never [but] right now it’s really Blood and Wine. This is the end. Blood and Wine is [the] closing and there won’t be any Witcher any time soon – if there ever will be one. And I would really like to see how people feel about it, if they will enjoy it.”
Marcin then talks about CD Projekt Red and their future plans and ambitions, but sadly refuses to divulge more then what we have known for the past few months but certainly adds in much more about how the developers themselves feel about their game that has won a record 250 Game of the Years. He’s quoted as saying:
“The defining opinion are the gamers and the game just clicked, and clicked extremely well,” he said. “What surprised me was that it clicked pretty much everywhere in the world. The sales are telling you the naked truth, which is there are gamers out there, be it in Poland, the US, Middle East or Southeast Asia, who went to the store and put [down] their money – and the games are not cheap, and it’s the same price all around the world.”
They then talk about the latest expansion coming to the Witcher 3. After Hearts of Stone we are now nearing the release of the last of new content for The Witcher 3, the Blood and Wine expansion, after which the only update that you shall get would be for fixes and tweaks. Speaking about this:
“What is important with Blood and Wine [is] it’s not just another expansion made by an external outsourced studio just to make another dollar and I’m not criticising this practice, I just want to prove the point that we’ve put all of our heart and emotion and lots of knowledge [into it]. All of the lessons learned from Witcher 3 [and] Hearts of Stone are in Blood and Wine.”
“Obviously due to the nature of an expansion this will appeal to a more narrow group but still I think it proves the point that what we’re after is really mastering the storytelling RPG and crafting it and making it look amazing. And Blood and Wine is the dot on the end of a beautiful sentence which is The Witcher 3.”
CD Projekt Red’s focus then primarily shifts to the making of their biggest project yet, Cyberpunk 2077. ‘The longer-term aim is to have four teams at CD Projekt Red making games; two big teams and two smaller teams’, to quote from the original article itself.
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