- The Witcher series, based on the novels of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, is very popular and has spawned separate films and adaptations.
- Two side projects, Project Canis Majoris (a remake of the first Witcher game) and Project Sirius (a stand-alone spinoff), are in development, but little is known about them.
- The upcoming Witcher trilogy begins with a game codenamed Polaris, which is not considered a fourth installment, but rather a new “Part 1” with a new main character and School of the Lynx as the focus. It will be built using Unreal Engine 5 and is expected to be released in 2025.
It’s been eight years since the release of CD Projekt Red The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and gamers are still playing and celebrating this epic RPG experience. Considered one of the best fantasy RPG sagas of all time, The Witcher the series, based on the novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, became so popular that it spawned a number of spin-offs based on its in-universe playing card minigame, Gwentnot to mention an ongoing series on Netflix along with a companion prequel series and animated film.
The Witcher is the story of Geralt of Rivia, the titular wizard and monster hunter. In lore, the land known as the Continent is overrun by monsters, ghosts, and all manner of things that go bump in the night. Geralt, who went through a powerful and painful procedure to turn him into a mutant monster-killing machine, has taken the lead in the games so far, although there are many witches originating from different schools. This is where the upcoming new trilogy of magician games comes into play, although there are two side projects involving magician universe and in production.
Project Canis Majoris and Project Sirius will delve into the series’ past and expand on its future
Before we discuss the main three-game saga, which will continue the gameplay and narrative started by the original magician trilogy, the two branches of the project are a better place to start, as there is even less information available about them than the first. Project Canis Majoris is actually a remake of the first one magician a game that has been recreated from the ground up to take advantage of modern PC and console technology. Project Sirius, on the other hand, is a stand-alone spinoff of the magician The IP is being developed by CD Projekt Red-owned studio Molasses Flood.
Not much else is currently known about Canis Majoris, other than that it will take parts of the partially open world The Witcher and combine them into a fully open world for gamers to explore. As for Project Sirius, it’s meant to be multiplayer magician game, although there will also be a single-player campaign for those who prefer to play alone. Unfortunately, not much more is known about these two titles.
The next Witcher Trilogy of games begins with one codenamed ‘Polaris’
While the title Witcher 4 has been tossed around by both gamers themselves and CD Projekt Red employees, this moniker should be taken with a grain of salt. As co-founder of CD Projekt Red, Marcin Ivinski said on a call with an investor, “The Witcher is designed as a trilogy, and a trilogy can’t have a fourth part, right?” CD Projekt Red’s global PR director, Radek Grabowski, further supported the fact that the game is not a fourth part of the established magician tweet series.
As such, Polaris should be seen as an all-new “Part 1” of a new magician a trilogy that most likely won’t have the number 4 in its title. This seems like a natural progression, as Geralt of Rivia most likely won’t be the main character of Polaris or its sequels. After all, Geralt was already quite old The Witcher 3 took place and the game’s ending and its expansions pretty much wrapped up Geralt’s story with a neat little bow. He settles down with either Tris or Yennefer, or rides off into the sunset of his retirement. Additionally, a teaser image that was released for Polaris shows that another witch school other than Geralt’s wolf school or Ciri’s cat school will take center stage.
The image shows a Witcher locket half-buried in snow, but it’s clear that it’s not one that’s been seen in games before. After the photo was released, CD Projekt Red confirmed that the medallion represented the school of lynxes. This is a very interesting choice by the developer, as School of the Lynx is not included in either magician novels or games. It actually looks like it was created by a fan fiction wiki site.
The other big piece of information currently available regarding Polaris is that it will be built using Unreal Engine 5, rather than CD Projekt Red’s own game engine. This is a first for the series and the developer. This is a very interesting prospect as it will provide even more advanced gameplay and visuals for a franchise that has always been cutting edge. However, CD Projekt Red hinted that learning the ins and outs of the new engine could slow down the developers’ efforts a bit, meaning the game is still a long way off. Right now, the company has made it clear that gamers shouldn’t expect Polaris until 2025.
The Witcher games codenamed Polaris, Canis Majoris, and Sirius are currently in development.
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