The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt picked up a horde of game of the year awards and was a commercial and critical success for its maker, Polish studio CD Projekt Red. Its compelling characters, memorable storylines, (ridiculous) amount of things to do and beautiful locations to explore offered something for almost everyone. Even if it wasn’t your number one game of 2015, it was surely somewhere near the top of the list.
As a result of such quality, CD Projekt Red have gained a tremendous reputation, gaining a lot of trust from fans and with good reason. Their ‘standard’ version of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt when it first hit retail was akin to any other game release’s special edition, as it included the game’s soundtrack on CD, a detailed map of the game’s world and even a thank you letter from the developer. They’ve also continued to support the game extensively since release, providing players with 16 free updates, which included costumes, extra missions and a ‘new game plus’ mode. When a games developer achieves something of such a high standard the obvious question is ‘what’s next?’ Fans know work is underway on Cyberpunk 2077 but the company is actually working on a new title for release this year.
In 2016 the second and largest add on pack for Witcher 3 will be released. Called Blood and Wine, it promises to offer up an entire new location to explore, as if there wasn’t enough of a monster nest covered environment for players in the base game. During CD Projekt Red’s financial results conference for the previous year (per Dualshockers), their President, Adam Kiciński decided not to go into great detail about the upcoming DLC but instead he did outline the company’s plans far beyond that up to the year 2021. He revealed that CD Projekt Red are actually working on two other new games in addition to Cyberpunk, with one aiming to be released this year. The mysterious game that is scheduled for 2016 is apparently a new type of video game format that has been previously unexplored by the studio. Virtual reality? It may be too easy to speculate that’s what they mean.
The game planned for the 2017-2021 timeframe in contrast is described as ‘another AAA RPG’ but it could have a more dedicated online multiplayer mode, which would be a first for CD Projekt Red. That’s because the company also has plans to expand their GOG Galaxy platform. GOG Galaxy is a client through which you can install, play and update your games. It has optional features for achievements, chat and game-time tracking. One of the ways in which GOG has aimed to be a significant alternative to Steam is by making every game you buy from them DRM free. CD Projekt Red are hoping to give ‘customized solutions for multiplayer gaming and other online features” along with “new features and networking technologies” to GOG Galaxy, with their new games looking to take full advantage of this.
Away from gaming, the company is also planning an expansion of their core franchises with ‘additional media content and product lines’ from 2017. This could mean more shirts, figurines, full Gwent decks or we could be getting some solid updates on that Witcher movie that is reportedly hitting screens next year. It sounds like CD Projekt Red is not resting on their laurels and have some big plans to see them well into the future - and while Cyberpunk and mysterious AAA RPGs are all exciting, many fans will still hope Witcher 4 or a spin-off with Ciri as the lead playable character is also up their sleeves.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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