Though Geralt’s adventure may be over, Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski’s world is full of potential locations for a future game.
Fans can expect a return to the world of The Witcher games, though it may be a few years before anything is released. CD Projekt Red has already indicated that it is intends to continue making Witcher games, and the franchise’s popularity boost following the Netflix series only increases the likelihood that we’ll see another game.
However, it’s not clear what any future games will entail. Geralt of Rivia’s story ended with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt back in 2015, and the developers have already confirmed that the next game won’t be The Witcher 4. Regardless, there are plenty of unseen regions of Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski’s world to explore, and CD Projekt Red is spoiled for choice of where to set the next Witcher game.
Home to fan-favorite sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg, Aedirn is a region with rich lore that would make an interesting setting for a potential new game. Aedirn is one of the Four Kingdoms, the largest and wealthiest regions in the northern part of the continent. It is known for its strong industry thanks to the surrounding mountains and their mines full of valuable minerals, with a thriving capital city, Vengerberg.
As it often finds itself disputing its northern border with its neighbor and rival, Kaedwen, a Witcher game set in Aedirn could be full of political hostility and struggle.
Lyria And Rivia
Always either at war with one another or joined in a personal union, the histories of Lyria and Rivia go hand-in-hand. Marriages between the two ruling dynasties would only bring peace so long as the union lasted, with war resuming soon after.
Rivia is commonly mistaken to be the birthplace of The Witcher protagonist, Geralt, given that he goes by the title “Geralt of Rivia.” However, Geralt grew up in the Witcher school of Kaer Mohren after being abandoned by his mother. Little is actually known about Rivia, and even its location has been lost to the inhabitants of the continent following its liberation from the Nilfgaardian Empire.
Since it’s never been accessible in any of the games, the fragile relationship between Lyria and Rivia could set the scene for conflict in the next Witcher installment. Plus, the Kingdoms’ close proximity to the Blue Mountains and the secretive cultures on the other side of the range could prompt the creation of many new and unique beasts for the next Witcher protagonist to slay.
Nilfgaard And The South
Serving as one of the main antagonists throughout both The Witcher game and novel series, the Nilfgaardian Empire is constantly and aggressively looking to expand its borders north until it incorporates every kingdom under its imperial regime. It’s not yet clear when in the timeline the next game will take place, meaning there are various ways to explore the southern part of the continent. A Witcher game set in the distant past would allow players to discover what Nilfgaard and its culture was like before the Empire or experience its rise to power. It could also show what the other southern realms before their annexation.
Established lore (such as the Witcher School of the Cat in the kingdom of Ebbing) could serve as the backdrop for the next game. Furthermore, it would provide players with the opportunity to expand their Bestiary to the monsters of the south, since existing Witcher games have predominately been set in the northern half of the continent.
While Zerrikania is absent from the games and only ever mentioned in Sapkowski’s novels, it comes across as both a terrifying and fascinating place where even a Witcher might find himself out of his depth. Next to the Fiery Mountains and Korath Desert, Zerrikania is largely isolated from the rest of the Western world where The Witcher novels and games take place.
Culturally, Zerrikania seems vastly different too, with religions consisting mainly of Dragon Cults and all rulers being fierce female warriors. Zerrikania would certainly be a different challenge and unlike anything seen before in the previous games.