Game developer CD Projekt Red has revealed they do not have another Witcher release in development at the moment nor do they plan to release one anytime soon, if ever. In an interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red's co-founder Marcin Iwinski says The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's upcoming Blood and Wine expansion will be the last piece of Witcher content for a long time.
When asked if The Witcher series will be coming to an end following the release of Blood and Wine on 31 May, Iwinski said: "We honestly don't know. We don't have anything planned as of now to be honest on the next Witcher."
"As we said before, never say never [but] right now it's really Blood and Wine," he added. "This is the end. Blood and Wine is [the] closing and there won't be any Witcher any time soon - if there ever will be one. And I would really like to see how people feel about it, if they will enjoy it."
The Polish company recently revealed a six-year plan that includes its upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 expected to release after 2017 and a mysterious, unnamed triple A RPG between 2017 and 2021. While many have assumed that the latter could be another Witcher title, Iwinski says otherwise.
"We are a publicly traded company so we cannot comment on that but I can assure you we are not working on another Witcher," he said.
Since The Witcher 3's release in May 2015, CD Projekt Red has continued to support the title with plenty of free and paid content. The studio released 16 free bits of DLC for the title before the 10-hour Hearts of Stone expansion in October 2015. The upcoming Blood and Wine expansion – Geralt's final mission – will include 90 new quests and over 30 hours of new adventures.
"What is important with Blood and Wine [is] it's not just another expansion made by an external outsourced studio just to make another dollar," Iwinski said. "I'm not criticising this practice, I just want to prove the point that we've put all of our heart and emotion and lots of knowledge [into it]. All of the lessons learned from Witcher 3 [and] Hearts of Stone are in Blood and Wine."
"Obviously due to the nature of an expansion this will appeal to a narrower group but still I think it proves the point that what we're after is really mastering the storytelling RPG and crafting it and making it look amazing. And Blood and Wine is the dot on the end of a beautiful sentence which is The Witcher 3."
After the paid expansion's release, the studio will shift its focus toward Cyberpunk 2077 and only release tweaks and fixes for bugs in The Witcher series and its expansions.
The game's director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz and CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski have both expressed interest in doing more games related to the franchise, but it might be quite some time before a new Witcher title is given the go-ahead, if it ever does get approved.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The title's final expansion, Blood and Wine, will be released on 31 May.