When CD Projekt Red announced that the first WitcherCon would take place this July, a lot of people's heads turned. Fans of the games, the Netflix series, and any of the other branches of the Witcher franchise were immediately curious as to what new revelations this brand new event would bring. With the recent release of the full schedule for the digital convention, many of those questions have been answered; however, anyone hoping for a new game announcement is likely to be disappointed.
Deep dives into the creation of the games and the Witcher Netflix series and panels with cast and production team members are among the many exciting aspects planned for WitcherCon 2021. But, for those hoping for a new Witcher game for next-gen systems, the organizers have made one thing perfectly plain on the official website. "In case you're wondering," the sentence in question says, "there will be no new Witcher game announced at WitcherCon, but there are still plenty of reasons to tune in!"
While CD Projekt Red hasn't ruled out the prospect of commencing work on The Witcher 4, it doesn't look like there will be any updates during WitcherCon. Even still, there will be plenty to keep die-hard Witcher fans occupied, from deep dives into the series' backstory to panels highlighting anecdotes from the various adaptations' creation.
Regarding a new game in the series, it's maybe not unexpected that CD Projekt Red has chosen to hold its cards close to its chest. Following the disaster that was the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, the firm may feel compelled to tread carefully in the future to retain the goodwill it has regained from its fans. Given CDPR's challenging 2021, work on a new game wouldn't even begin until next year; it's unlikely that the studio has much to show for the idea right now. As a result, it may have concluded that making a vague or ambiguous announcement during WitcherCon would be counterproductive.
Nonetheless, the WitcherCon plan has enough to offer, particularly for fans of the Netflix series or those anticipating The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, the upcoming anime film. The conference will be broadcast live on Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch on July 9th and 10th, with somewhat different panels each day. Anyone interested in spending a weekend gazing dreamily into Henry Cavill's eyes should tune in on Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch on those days.