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CD Projekt Red confirm new Witcher game coming after Cyberpunk 2077

by Brad Norton

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While CD Projekt Red puts the finishing touches on Cyberpunk 2077, the Polish game development studio has revealed plans for a new entry in the popular Witcher franchise.

As the gaming industry anxiously awaits the release of Cyberpunk 2077 on September 17, plans are seemingly already in motion for post-launch content, an online component, as well as a fully-fledged next-gen entry in the Witcher series.

In a March 11 report provided by the studio, a slew of new information was revealed as CD Projekt Red shed new light on how developers will be focusing efforts following the release of Cyberpunk 2077.

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Following on from the release of the highly anticipated title in September, the Polish studio will be honing in on a number of distinct projects in three smaller teams. 

According to a translation of the report from prominent gaming industry insider Daniel ‘ZhugeEX’ Ahmad, one team will be developing post-launch add-ons for Cyberpunk 2077. These could be similar in terms of size to that of Witcher 3’s fan-favorite Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone expansions.

Additionally, another smaller team will be working on the previously announced online version of Cyberpunk 2077. There is no exact date set for the multiplayer component, though 2022 is supposedly the internal target.

Touching on the third pillar of the company moving forward, the last remaining team will be focusing on a new single-player title with an expected development period of four years. 

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The Witcher 3's expansions added dozens of hours to the overall RPG experience.

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While it was not explicitly outlined what this four-year project could be, CD Projekt Red confirmed that the studio would only be working on new titles in the Cyberpunk and Witcher franchises. It was therefore heavily implied that the next full-scale production from the Polish team would be focused on the Witcher series.

If current plans remain intact following the release of Cyberpunk 2077, early assessments would place the release of a new Witcher game in late 2024 assuming that there are no delays in production.

That would establish a nine-year window since the release of The Witcher 3 in 2015.

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Despite an unparalleled amount of content set to keep Cyberpunk players satisfied for a long while following its release, it’s clear that CD Projekt Red is already full steam ahead with plans for post-launch add ons to boot.

In the meantime, here’s a rundown on everything we know about Cyberpunk 2077’s upcoming multiplayer release.