Chances are you’re still enjoying The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but you may want to take your time with it a bit. After the work on the upcoming expansion DLC is completed, CD Projekt Red are going to give the series a rest to work on other projects. Given the quote below from September’s issue of Game Informer Magazine, it seems highly likely they’re going to throw their weight behind Cyberpunk 2077, a game originally announced back in 2013.
“[The Witcher franchise] deserves some rest. The past 10 years the team has been working on swords and castles and medieval Slavic monsters. So I think it’s time for some guns, androids, and some ammo. And a necropolis. So this is what we’ll be working on.”
Developer fatigue for a series can be a terrible thing and we think taking a break from The Witcher universe is absolutely right for the studio and the franchise. With their efforts now going into a drastically different setting, they can unleash those ideas that must have been percolating at the back of their minds over the last few years. In turn, new ideas for the Witcher series can be jotted down whenever they pop up and filed away for future use.
The Witcher games are based on a series of novels by Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski, and given the rate he’s been firing those books out, there will be plenty of material waiting for them when they come back to the series.
As mentioned earlier, we still have the upcoming DLC to look forwards too. The season pass will offer an additional 30 hours of quests with unique items, weapons and enemies. The season pass includes the Hearts of Stone expansion, which could see the return of an old character from an early game and should last about ten hours. The Blood and Wine expansion will take part in a newly-designed map for the game and last 20 hours. Compared to the season passes offered for the likes of Batman and Destiny, CD Projekt Red are looking like they’ll be providing tremendous value. Not that there isn’t plenty to do in the main game already.
CD Projekt Red have a great reputation amongst their fans, so we expect they’ll at least keep an eye on The Witcher III long after the expansion DLC is released and keep it patched and up-to-date if any issues arise. If you’re reading guys, can we get a fix for the crappy XP rewards for completing low-level quests? It’s not cool!
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