Again in March 2022, CD Projekt introduced {that a} new Witcher game was in improvement, which we ultimately got here to know as Mission Polaris. We instantly referred to as it The  Witcher 4—it is the one coming after The Witcher 3, so it simply made sense—however CD Projekt made a degree of claiming it had not introduced “a game referred to as The Witcher 4.”

“It was our preliminary affirmation of a brand new saga in The Witcher franchise,” international PR director Radek Grabowski tweeted on the time. “At once, we aren’t discussing any specifics in phrases or story, characters, mechanics, or plot particulars.”

(Picture credit score: Radek Grabowski (through Twitter))

However that was then and that is now, and now CD Projekt has—for the primary time, so far as I do know—referred to Polaris as The Witcher 4. The assertion got here in the course of the firm’s year-end monetary name, in response to a query about CD Projekt’s move to Unreal Engine 5.

“We’re getting ready issues on the pipeline sides and toolset sides,” CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński stated. “Some builders are nonetheless studying the expertise, and on the identical time there are groups working along with Epic on all these features which can be wanted for our open-world, story-driven RPGs. And positively for the primary challenge, Polaris, it should perhaps not decelerate, but it surely will not speed up the method.

“However for the subsequent challenge, we assume that it ought to clean the manufacturing. That was one of many causes behind the technique, that we wish to launch three massive Witcher video games inside six years, ranging from the discharge of Polaris, which is Witcher 4.”

This was truly dropped at my consideration by a colleague at GamesRadar, who needed to double-check with me that Kiciński was actually saying “Witcher 4,” and never, perhaps, “Witcher, however extra” in a Polish accent. To each our ears, there is not any query: He stated “Witcher 4.”

You may hear it for your self on this time-stamped YouTube hyperlink.

To be clear, this is not massive information a couple of fourth Witcher game. We have recognized about that for a 12 months now, and regardless of CD Projekt’s protests we have been calling it Witcher 4 all alongside. Even so, I really feel like this can be a noteworthy second: CD Projekt’s head honcho himself lastly falling by the wayside and calling it “The Witcher 4,” identical to everybody else. 

The brand new game might not be Witcher 4 when it lastly launches. It is nonetheless within the early levels of improvement, and a full and correct title has not been formally introduced. It may find yourself as The Witcher: Infinite, or The Witchers, or Witcher: Novigrad Metropolis, or one thing equally fanciful and unlikely. And actually, CD Projekt described Kiciński’s assertion as “a slip of the tongue” in an e-mail despatched to PC Gamer.

“Polaris would be the first game in a brand new Witcher saga,” a CD Projekt rep stated. “The saga will encompass three video games. The official title of this challenge is Polaris.”

That is truthful sufficient from an inner improvement standpoint. Nothing has modified, on paper at the least, and Polaris it stays for now. However all of us heard it, and admittedly it was good that somebody at CD Projekt lastly stated it out loud: The Witcher 4 is coming.