CD Projekt Roundup: The Witcher 4 and Cyberpunk Orion Revealed

By FileTrekker 4 months ago, last updated 4 months ago

CD Projekt RED are busy bees right now, with a slate of new projects now confirmed to be in the pipeline; with the studio looking to capitalise on the success of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 with new entries in both series, along with new IP that has yet to be revealed.

The Witcher, in particular, is getting a brand-new trilogy of games, while the Cyberpunk franchise is looking to go in a new direction once 2077's first and only major DLC, Phantom Liberty, has been released. There's a lot to unpack, so here's our helpful roundup of all the new games announced.

The Witcher 4: Polaris - Continuing Geralt's Saga

Fans of The Witcher series rejoice, as CD Projekt RED confirmed that The Witcher 4, codenamed "The Witcher Polaris," is currently in pre-production. Building upon the incredible success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, this highly anticipated sequel will be a story-driven open-world RPG, enveloping players in the dark and intricate world of Geralt of Rivia.

CD Projekt also has one eye on next-gen, opting to develop The Witcher 4 using Unreal Engine 5, marking a surprising departure from their proprietary RED Engine. This switch promises enhanced visual fidelity and a more immersive gameplay experience, allowing fans to lose themselves in the landscapes and intricate narratives the series is renowned for.

The New Witcher Trilogy

The studio also announced that it intends to follow through with a new Witcher trilogy. Following the release of Polaris, the trilogy will slowly unfold over a six-year period. With a focus on delivering a cohesive package of games within this timeframe, I'm looking forward to an epic journey that builds upon the rich lore established in previous titles. It should be a wild ride, and one I'm really happy to hear confirmed.

The Witcher Sirius: A New Multiplayer Adventure

Expanding the Witcher universe even further, CD Projekt RED's recent acquisition, The Molasses Flood, is developing The Witcher Sirius. Unlike previous Witcher games, this instalment will feature multiplayer and single-player modes, tied together with captivating campaign quests and a compelling story. The game's multiplayer component is a long-desired feature for The Witcher universe, and will, for the first time, allow fans to explore its depths alongside friends and fellow adventurers.

The Witcher Remake: A Classic Reimagined

CD Projekt RED is also teaming up with Fool's Theory, an external studio, to look back as well as ahead – confirming a complete remake of the original Witcher game. Headed by experienced developers who have worked on past Witcher games, Fool's Theory aims to breathe new life into the beloved title, and while details are still scarce, I quietly anticipate a faithful overhaul that retains the essence of the original while leveraging the power of Unreal Engine 5.

Expanding the Cyberpunk Universe

Moving on from the studio's plethora of Witcher projects, the studio is also expanding upon the world of Cyberpunk 2077 with new expansions and sequels. The first and only major DLC for Cyberpunk 2077, "Phantom Liberty," will transport players to a new district of Night City. Described as a spy-thriller, I'm pretty hyped for new adventures in the futuristic metropolis.

Perhaps more excitingly, CD Projekt RED also confirmed "Cyberpunk Orion," a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077. Although specific details remain under wraps for now, the studio aims to push the boundaries of the Cyberpunk universe, continuing the dark and atmospheric gameplay that made the original game so captivating. As for when we'll see Orion, only time will tell - but CD Projekt promises that "Cyberpunk 2077 sequel that will prove the full power and potential of the Cyberpunk universe," and that it will "take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark fantasy universe."

Project Hadar: A Mysterious Standalone IP

CD Projekt RED is also venturing into uncharted territory with "Project Hadar," a standalone intellectual property separate from The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077. Although currently in the conceptual phase, the studio is actively working on laying the foundation for this new setting. While specific details are scarce, CD Projekt RED's reputation for immersive storytelling and world-building is well-established at this point, and I'm really curious to see where they head next.


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