The Witcher 4: Polaris is at least three years away

CD Projekt Red’s next mainline Witcher game, codenamed Polaris, is at least three years away, according to studio president and co-CEO Adam Kiciński.

Following the studio’s announcement that it plans to release the new Witcher trilogy over six years starting with Polaris, Kiciński was asked during an investor call when players can expect the release of the next mainline game.

“We are preparing technology for Polaris. This is the first project to be released on the new engine Unreal Engine 5. [so] Some additional work is required to produce this technology,” he said. “For this project, we will certainly need some extra effort to deliver.”

Kiciński went on to say that the second and third new Witcher trilogy games would run much more smoothly now that that foundation is being laid. He was then asked if it was reasonable to state that the next mainline game was more than three years away, given that the two “smooth” games would each take an average of three years to develop, to which Kiciński affirmed.

However, since Polaris was only announced in March, three years could still be on the earlier side of that assessment. Michał Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development, commented during the same call that developing a new game alongside new technology, like CD Projekt Red is doing with Polaris, typically takes four or five years based on past experience, although that’s not necessarily the case will be case this time.

CD Projekt Red confirmed before the call that at least five new Witcher games will be released in the coming years, alongside a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 and a game based on the studio’s first all-new IP.

Outside of Polaris and its two sequels, CD Projekt Red’s The Molasses Flood studio is working on a new Witcher game with multiplayer elements, and a currently unconfirmed third party developer is creating another “full-fledged Witcher game.”

Very little is known about one of the games, however, with Polaris being the only one with some context behind it thanks to CD Projekt Red’s announcement that it entered pre-production back in May and is being developed using Unreal Engine 5.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day. The Witcher 4: Polaris is at least three years away

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