CD Projekt Red Studio, the creative force behind the Witcher and the Witcher 2, revealed some new information about their plans for future projects. Two confirmed projects include two AAA+ games to be released in 2014 and 2015. Although it wasn’t confirmed that one would the Witcher 3, in an interview with Eurogamer, head of marketing for CD Projekt Red, Michal Platkow-Gilewski, commented: “Give us some time; I’m sure we will announce it pretty fast in the following months, but we want to do everything in the proper order.” Sounds like a heavy hint to me.
As for the second game, it will be a new IP. It will remain in the RPG genre, because, as managing director Adam Badowski notes:
… our policy is to create RPG games for mature audiences. But of course the second title will be different than the first one. We need to change universe and gameplay mechanics, but the game will be based on a deep scenario as [are] The Witcher games.
So on what platforms can we expect to see these games? Although they will definitely be multi-platform, you probably won’t be seeing them until the next gen consoles are out. Badowski does say, however, that:
… we are and we were focusing on powerful gaming rigs. We’re going to do something amazing, so we need extra processors.
It will be multi-platform game, so the multi-release at the same time. But if you are talking about leading platform, we will use most powerful, just because it can give us the freedom of creation.
They also discussed the new engine they are working on for their future games, Red Engine. Platkow-Gilewski explained that at this moment, it’s a lot of speculation:
We are anticipating what… the platforms will be. And what will happen in the PC market, because you know we have to create something better than we could achieve today. We have to see a little bit of the future, like other developers I guess.
CD Projekt Red has a few projects coming out before 2014, but they won’t be as big. Two of them you’ll be seeing this year, one of which will be released before the end of March. The third game has a 2013 release. Platkow-Gilewski teased, “Really soon we will inform the community about our surprise. It will come pretty soon, in the following two months.”
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was released in April 2011 for the Xbox 360, and May 2011 for the PC. It was pretty well received by gamers, and has a user score of 8.4 on Metacritic. The original Witcher, released in 2007 for the PC, boasts a user score of 9.1.