CD Projekt RED, the Polish studio responsible for two RPG titans - The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 - is not resting for a moment. The next chapter in the beloved Witcher saga is already well underway. Codename Polaris, the official name for The Witcher 4, a game that is ready to once again push the boundaries of the genre and which fans are eagerly waiting for.
Buoyed by the success of Cyberpunk 2077 and the 50 million copies sold of The Witcher 3, the studio is putting its energy into creating a worthy successor. An interview with Reuters finally confirmed the rumors: The Witcher 4 production will begin in 2024.
The Witcher 3's expansive open world, rich cast of characters, and unforgettable story set a new frontier for open-world RPGs. And now, CD Projekt RED wants to raise that bar even higher. Co-CEO Adam Badowski offered insight into the studio's vision for the popular franchise.
While The Witcher 4 has been in pre-production for some time, laying the groundwork for its development, the pace is about to pick up. Badowski hinted at a significant increase: "We would like to have about 400 people working on the project by the middle of the year.
Hard work on new titles
After the release of the Phantom Liberty expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, about a quarter of the team switched to Codename Polaris without issue. There are now whispered speculations that as much as half of the studio is focused on The Witcher 4.
This concentrated effort aims to alleviate the bumpy launch that plagued Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt RED is clearly keen to learn from past mistakes and deliver a polished, memorable day one experience. However, The Witcher 4 is not the only game being prepared by the Polish studio.
Orion, the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077, is in the conceptual stage and rapid preparations are underway. The current goal is to assemble a dedicated team of around 80 developers for Orion, ensuring enough attention for both projects.
If production starts this year, that means the game could be out in 2026. CD Projekt RED understands the importance of careful development, and if it takes extra time to deliver a masterpiece, then we'll wait.