'The Witcher 4' Could Give Ciri A Starring Role, Writer Teases
We have no idea if CD Projekt RED intends to make The Witcher 4, but it seems obvious that the developer isn't done making games in the fantasy world. Whatever the next Witcher game ends up being - we'll call it The Witcher 4 for the sake of argument - it'll probably end up focusing a lot more on Geralt's adopted daughter and straight-up badass, Ciri.
In a recent interview with VG247, CDPR principal writer Jakub Szamałek asked the interviewer if they'd "like to play a game with Ciri as a lead character". A little later on, Szamałek said one of things he wasn't too happy about with The Witcher 3 was that the game didn't do more to explore Ciri and her past. He described her as "an amazingly rich and complex character".
"Due to obvious reasons - well, she's pretty much gone for two thirds of the game - she didn't get quite as much screen time as we writers would have liked," he said. "But hey, maybe it's something we'll get to get back to in the future."
While this is hardly confirmation that Ciri will be the star of The Witcher 4, it certainly sounds like this is something that's being considered. The concept of Ciri taking the lead for any further adventures has certainly been floated before.
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Out of The Witcher 3's multiple endings, the best one definitely ends with Geralt giving Ciri her own silver sword. The implication here is that she's embarking on her own adventures as a Witcher at last, and I expect CDPR would want to tug on that narrative thread to see where it leads. Doing so would make this the canonical ending of The Witcher 3, yes... but the rest are real bummers, so I'd be fine with that.
We've also heard from Geralt himself - actor Doug Cockle - on the subject before. He's said in the past that The Witcher 4 should absolutely let the White Wolf retire and give Ciri a chance to shine. If it's good enough for Geralt, it's good enough for us.
The good news is that more Witcher games are a certainty at this point. Late last year, CDPR announced a new deal with Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the original novels on which the franchise is based. Effectively, this mended previously broken fences between the two parties, hopefully allowing for a better partnership going forward.
Then, earlier this year, reports surfaced that suggested CDPR already has a concept in place for a new Witcher game, and that work on the project would begin "immediately" after Cyberpunk 2077 is done and dusted. Let's just hope that concept involves Ciri, because it's definitely about time for her to shine.
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