UPDATE: In a recent interview with “The-Witcher.de” the third game in the series was confirmed.
“That’s a good question Well, I think the problem that some people have is the overall impression. The first part could just as easily be a stand-alone, while the second part of a planned trilogy is now time, logically, have a very open end of the third part has to go. Consider this example for comparison to films like Pirates of the Caribbean, where the first part one self-contained story has, the later is unchangeable, but then you think, it should be a trilogy. So people have a problem then. The end of The Witcher 2 is the beginning of much larger events, while The Witcher one rather a cliffhanger ending was.”
Original Story: We recently spotted a very interesting post over at the Witcher website. CD Projekt Red is hiring more people to the Witcher team and they specifically say it’s for their next game. If you check the Games Designer position it states that “knowledge about The Witcher lore is a plus.” Could this be The Witcher 3 or perhaps an expansion pack to the second game?
According to CD Projekt Red, The Witcher 2 sold 400,000 copies within its first week and was very profitable for them. So it is no surprise that at some point they would make a third game in the series. However, they never confirmed a sequel was in development but before the release of the second game they did state that an expansion pack is a possibility.
Another interesting bit of info is what’s found inside the Engine Programmer position page. It says that X-Box 360 experience is a plus. We all know The Witcher 2 is on track for the X-Box early 2012 but this raises a pretty big question. What about the PS3? Is the next game going to be a PC and 360 exclusive again?
The Witcher 2 released to critical acclaim earlier this year. Eurogamer Sweden deemed it “the century’s best RPG” and Gamespot called it “a marvel among role-playing games.” It is definitely my current GotY and as memorable as Baldur’s Gate II. CD Projekt Red took the original game which was a flawed gem and turned it into a masterpiece. The Witcher 2 is also on track for a large and free update on the 29th of September. It will add a new difficulty level, arena mode, tutorial for beginners, and over 20 technical fixes.
What do you all think of this? Do you think it is an expansion pack to the core game or a sequel? Personally, I hope it’s both! I also wonder what kind of an impact the resignation of Tomasz Gop the lead designer of the second game will have.