CD Projekt Red’s announcement of The Witcher 4 (for lack of an official name) has fans in a frenzy as they try to decipher the studio’s teaser image.
While it doesn’t show much, the graphic shows a Witcher medallion partially submerged in snow, which some fans believe is linked to a main character from the final game, Ciri.
This remainder of this article contains major spoilers for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
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CD Projekt Red has previously announced that previous protagonist Geralt’s journey is complete, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s cannon ending certainly alludes to a Ciri spin-off. For the unfamiliar, the game ends with Geralt giving Ciri a new sword as she begins her own journey as a witch.
Ciri also wears a cat school medallion, something not discussed in the games but taken directly from Andrzej Sapkowski’s original book series – and some fans believe the revealed medallion depicts a cat.
That being said, The Witcher series already has a cat medallion and it doesn’t really look like the new Witcher 4 take. In fact, none of the current Sorcerer Medallions in game match the new graphics:
CD Projekt Red could have created a brand new Witcher school – just like they did with The Witcher 2’s Letho, which is part of the Viper School. While the game trilogy is based on The Witcher books and largely stays true to its canon, it tells all-new stories that take place after the events of Sapkowski’s opus, meaning these kinds of inventions fit the world pretty well.
It’s also entirely possible that the developer just redesigned the medal. For example, Geralt’s medallion looks different in the books than it does on the Netflix show, and even has a slightly different design than the first Wild Hunt Witcher game.
While the Netflix show is a completely different canon than either the books or the games, the teased image actually looks the closest thing to Vesemir’s symbol from the anime film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
Vesemir – Geralt’s Witcher mentor – was given a standalone Netflix version whose title screen features a decayed version of a wolf medallion similar to the one teased by CD Projekt Red.
Given that Vesemir dies during The Witcher 3, a new game about him would have to be scheduled long before the events of the current trilogy, but there are already some references to Vesemir’s past in the books and games. This includes a major but seldom discussed event known as the firing of Kaer Morhen, which could become a dramatic central plot point.
These are all just fan theories, of course, and CD Projekt Red is unlikely to reveal any more information for a long time. The developer announced the game on March 21, just hours after a fan might have discovered The Witcher 3’s final secret, and didn’t say much more than that the game will run in Unreal Engine 5.
CD Projekt Red last released a mainline Witcher game with the release of Wild Hunt in 2015, but has since released Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher Tales: Thronebreaker, and Gwent. IGN recently gave The Witcher 3 a top spot among our best open-world games of all time, saying in our 9/10 review: “With its massive size and meticulously detailed rendering, The Witcher 3 finishes Geralt’s story on a high note.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally thinks about tweeting @thelastdinsdale.
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