CD Projekt Red went through many trials during the first quarter of 2022; Despite it all, those circumstances are pushing the gaming company into a bright future. In a press release on May 26, 2022, the Polish game developer looked back on the many accomplishments made in early 2022, and ahead toward future projects.
Adam Kiciński, CEO of the CD PROJEKT Group, promised to keep making steady improvements on Cyberpunk 2077, despite the assigned team’s shrunken numbers, noting the positive impact Patch 1.5 had on the game’s perception and sales figures. Following that, Kiciński shed light on the continuation of the witcher series, announcing that the research phase for unofficially named The Witcher 4 has concluded:
We are very eager to revisit the universe which has shaped our history to such an extent. We have recently concluded the research phase for the first game in the new Witcher saga, which means that from now on further development expenditures will be capitalized on our balance sheet
CD Projekt Red executive Piotr Nielubowicz elaborated further on Kiciński’s statements in a small developer update video, confirming that The Witcher 4 is now in pre-production. He went on to highlight other future projects for the latter half of 2022 including the launch of the Cyberpunk: EDGERUNNERS anime series on Netflix, and the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for next-gen consoles.
2022 is looking to be a fun and busy year for CD Projekt Red. However, despite the recent announcement for The Witcher 4, there is still not much known about the game. With a release likely to be seen years down the line, all fans can do now is speculate and wait for future updates. Despite the long wait, with CD Projekt Red’s partnership with Epic Games and its use of Unreal Engine 5, we can expect The Witcher 4 to look even better than it already has before.