Will The Witcher 4 impact the Netflix Witcher series?

The Witcher season 2. Image courtesy Jay Maidment, Netflix
The Witcher season 2. Image courtesy Jay Maidment, Netflix /

The Witcher 4 is officially happening and if you’re a diehard fan of the franchise like me then I’m sure you’re just as ecstatic as I am about this piece of gaming news. CD Projekt Red made the official announcement on Monday, March 21 via their website. You can read the post right here.

In it, the gaming company announced a new Witcher game and debuted the first piece of teaser art, showing a cat medallion in the snow. It looks like this game will create a “new saga,” meaning (mostly likely) neither Geralt nor Ciri will be the star of this game.

Of course, theories are already running rampant online. It seems likely that The Witcher 4 will take place in a different era altogether, either past or future. Many fans are hopeful that we’ll be able to create our own Witcher character, which would be pretty awesome.

And most interesting of all is that CD Projekt Red is transitioning from the REDengine to Unreal Engine 5 for The Witcher 4 as part of a strategic multi-year partnership with Epic Games (don’t worry, the new game will not be an Epic Games exclusive).

But fans of the Netflix series The Witcher might be curious to know if the announcement of a new game will impact the series.

Will The Witcher 4 impact the Netflix Witcher series?

The short answer is no, probably not. The Netflix series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s books, just like the games. But both the show and games have taken the books and used them to create their own stories, more or less. That said, the Netflix series does occasionally reference the games with fun easter eggs for their gaming fans.

For right now, we know that The Witcher will return for a third season, no word yet on what the show’s future holds. There’s a good chance The Witcher will run for five seasons or more before The Witcher 4 even releases as these games take a long time to make, and CD Projekt Red will want to ensure the new game is in the best possible condition before releasing to avoid another Cyberpunk 2077 debacle.

So all in all, while this is fantastic news for people who love all aspects of The Witcher franchise, from the books to the games to the television shows, the video game series and Netflix series should continue to operate in separate continuities with the only overlap being some potential in-jokes for the most loyal of fans.

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