CD Projekt Red plans several new Witcher games and announces Cyberpunk 2077 expansion


In March, popular video game developer CD Projekt Red announced that they were hard at work on a new game in the witcher franchise. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has won tons of awards and captivated millions of fans around the world; he was also instrumental in bringing Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher novels for a whole new generation of readers. It’s no exaggeration to say that if not for CD Projekt Red’s video game series, we might never have had the witcher show on Netflix.

All that to say, it’s no big surprise when CD Projekt Red announced that they were working on a follow-up. The Witcher 3 served as the cornerstone of the story of Geralt of Rivia, seeing him retreat to the magical land of Toussaint after a life of slaughtering monsters. For the upcoming fourth game in the franchise, the studio will be taking a slightly different approach.

We still don’t know too much about the new game, which we’ll just call The Witcher 4 from now on. It certainly won’t focus on Geralt as the main protagonist; based on the first marketing images, it will feature a new branch of witchers from the school of the Lynx. It’s also made with the Unreal Engine, a first for CD Projekt Red, who developed the previous Witcher games with its own proprietary software engine.

As it turns out, The Witcher 4 may just be the start. According to CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński, the developer is already planning to make several new games on the continent. “We said there would be a new saga. We have more than one in mind,” Kiciński said in an earnings call this week, per Gamer on PC. “The first saga was three games, so now we are thinking of more than one game. But we are in pre-production of the first game from the second Witcher saga.”

It is still early — the fact that The Witcher 4 is only in pre-production means the actual build of the game hasn’t really started yet. But it’s always exciting to know that CD Projekt is thinking long-term about this next chapter of the witcher saga. The second and third games featured systems where certain story elements and player choices were carried over from title to title, similar to Mass Effect. Hopefully, by taking a longer-term approach to the next generation of Witcher titles, CD Projekt can make these aspects even more robust.

Cyberpunk 2077 expansion announced

the witcher isn’t the only CD Projekt Red game to get a boost lately. The developer has finally announced the long-awaited expansion of its other great game, Cyberpunk 2077. During a recent episode of wire of the night citya YouTube show on cyberpunkthe expansion was announced alongside a slew of other new information.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Freedom will feature a new cast of characters that V will encounter in Night City. The opening trailer features an ominous voiceover of V pledging to serve the ‘New United States of America’, while Keanu Reeves’ rebel rocker Johnny Silverhand mutters that taking an oath was ‘bad idea”. Reeves confirmed that he would return to voice Johnny for the extension.

phantom freedom is slated for release in 2023 on PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Stadia. Notably, it doesn’t look like this expansion will release on previous-gen platforms like PlayStation 4 or Xbox One despite the fact that the mainline Cyberpunk 2077 game is available to them. Not an unknown thing, but worth noting if you’re one of the millions who play cyberpunk on these systems.

Beyond phantom freedom announcement, a new patch for Cyberpunk 2077 went live this week which introduced a bunch of stuff from the next Cyberpunk: Edge Runners anime from Studio Trigger, which will be released on Netflix next week. Patch 1.6 allows players to acquire the jacket worn by anime protagonist David Martinez, as well as other items. It also brings some much-requested quality-of-life updates to the game, including a transmogrification system (i.e. changing the way your clothes look), cross-platform progression, and a cockroach race arcade mini game.

Cyberpunk: Edge Runners premieres on Netflix on September 13.

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