What Reddit fans expect from the next game

It’s been quite a long time coming, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt having been released seven years ago in June, but CD Projekt Red has finally – and officially – announced that they are working on the next main episode of the series. Their initial trilogy was well received everywhere, but the final entry exploded the developer’s mainstream popularity and IP internationally. There’s an expected level of excitement among the fanbase, but also a degree of trepidation.

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2020s Cyberpunk 2077 launched in a disastrous state and took the better part of a year to enter a stable release. This launch naturally damaged the reputation of the publisher/developer, but the power of the witcher IP and the excitement surrounding it already have fans on Reddit discussing what they hope the next saga will bring. wild hunt set high standards, but technology available with PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, next-gen PC graphics cards and use of the Unreal Engine 5 should provide the tools to create something special.

6 A new cast of characters

Split image of Geralt and Ciri drawing their swords in The Witcher 3 promo art

Part of what made The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, in particular, one of the best modern fantasy RPGs was its character-driven storytelling. From heroes to villains, so many cast members were written in compelling detail with satisfying character arcs. The titular monster hunter Geralt of Riv is naturally one of them, but his story came to a well-deserved end at the end of the blood and wine DLC expansion. This led some to believe that Ciri would be the next to take on the role of the main witcher, but some point out that it might not work from a gameplay standpoint.

Redditor HearTheEkko responds to someone talking about Ciri’s potential, saying her powers “would make the game super easy. Ciri is overpowered as hell. I pray it’s new characters.” That’s a fair point, as she’s an Arthurian-type child of prophecy with the immensely powerful blood of the ancient elves running through her veins. If the next game takes place after wild huntso whatever ending CD Projekt Red uses as a “canon” ending would be warranted to take place in the future with a new roster of characters.

5 Create your own witcher

Promotional art for the next game in The Witcher series

Of course, if the next main entrance in the witcher saga brings a new cast of characters, this could be a perfect excuse to have a character creator allowing players to create their own witchers. RPG character creators/customizations are one of the best features of the genre, and the potential story setting and timeline for this upcoming game could be a great excuse to have this feature if the franchise’s main character is n is not on the table.

Redditor Caasi72 said “I really want it [to] allow for the creation of your own witcher, allowing you to select your school from the start”, however, they also add that they “don’t think that’s what they will do” question, but choosing a witcher school seems like a stretch, especially since the snowy medallion in the promo has been confirmed to belong to the Lynx school, which is an original, canon-only creation from CD Projekt Red’s adaptation by author Andrej Sapkowski of the world. expansive.


4 Not a direct sequel to The Witcher 3

Image from The Witcher 3 of Geralt using sign magic against a beast

This partly goes to the point of not forcing the stories of Geralt and co., but a benefit that the witcher The series has as a fantastic franchise the ability to move forward and backward on the timeline to tell a “new” story. In Sapkowski, CD Projekt Red, and the world of Netflix’s live-action series, Geralt of Rivia is already roaming the continent as a – essentially – endangered species. Witcher schools are largely in disarray, with few men like Kaer Morhen. Likewise, the monsters they are tasked with hunting are dwindling in number.

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That being said, it’s what makes Redditors like Ashviar suggest that the next game should be “Put it a few hundred years before the novels to get a big refresh on everything in the world.” Sprawling fantasy epics like this could make such a story work, with The Continent having centuries of lore. Centuries ago, the universe was separated by spheres, and humans and magicks converged in a big bang-like event known as the Conjunction of the Spheres. This is what prompted humans to now have to deal with supernatural creatures, the need for wizards, and the persecution of elves. this year’s netflix The Witcher: Origin of Blood spinoff is set to tackle a similar premise.

3 Another long and tumultuous development cycle

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The above Cyberpunk 2077 The launch was one of the biggest blunders in the gaming industry, with confidence in CD Projekt Red hitting an all-time low. As exciting as a new game in the witcher series is, fans and would-be players are understandably cynical about the reliability of the company. It’s a far cry from CD Projekt Red’s reputation that exploded in 2015 as an industry darling to critical acclaim. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Redditor Bpbegha sarcastically remarked “Boy, I sure hope they don’t announce this 10 years in advance just to overhype it and underdevelop it…again…” Even outside of Cyberpunk 2077 specifically, there have been several games in history that have suffered from being announced way too early and then suffered – along with rushed developers – from extremely long and tumultuous production cycles. Final Fantasy XV by Square Enix is ​​another example, for although it received generally positive critical reception, it failed to live up to the 10 years of development limbo it was subjected to.

2 A prequel with Vesemir as the protagonist

The young Vesemir in the animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

The wealth of creative opportunities available extends well beyond a blank prequel, as CD Projekt Red could do just that while retaining a beloved legacy character in the main cast. Redditor Thoughtful_Giraffe offers a list of possibilities for this new game, one of them being a “prequel game following Vesemir as [the] main character.” Vesemir is both Geralt’s wise mentor and surrogate father, however, fans haven’t had a chance to see the former’s heyday days.

Given the extremely slow aging process witchers have as mutants, Vesemir was already well into his second century on foot on the continent when he tragically died in the Battle of Kaer Morhen. Netflix also provided a potential blueprint for such a story, with The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf prequel animated film chronicling his swashbuckling youth. Books, Netflix works, and games are all separate canon, so developers wouldn’t have to worry about contradictions.

1 The second conjunction of the spheres

Split image of the lynx and Geralt medallion in The Witcher 3 with the camera facing the sky

Corn Red Dead Redemption IIwhich is often considered one of the best story-based games on PS4 and XBO, managed to extend the Wild West setting by taking place before the original, the witcher could still be an indirect sequel to wild hunt. Interestingly enough, one theory is that the next game could canonize certain pieces of fan fiction. In some “fanon” stories, fans have invented a second conjunction of the spheres that takes place a few hundred years after the events of the books.

This leads to the formation of a new witcher school (Crane) as well as new witcher weapons and monsters. Likewise, the School of the Lynx is also something only in fan fiction. Redditor theshadowiscast says they could see the game “be based on the Second Conjunction of the Spheres with a whole new school (or Crane school), new main characters, and a new story (hopefully save the world).” CD Projekt Red has the rare advantage of being able to play in this tradition and make it their own, which, on paper, makes a (distant) sequel possible.

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