Netflix has confirmed that The Witcher season 3 has officially started filming. The previous season made its debut on the video streaming platform in December 2021 after an agonising wait.
Once again, we’ll be joined by series’ favourites Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer as they embark on their latest journey in The Witcher season 3.
There’s no indication of when we can expect the fantasy TV hit to return to screens, though Netflix has teased us with an early story outline:
As monarchs, mages and beasts of the Continent compete to capture her, Geralt takes Ciri of Cintra into hiding, determined to protect his newly reunited family against those who threaten to destroy it. Entrusted with Ciri’s magical training, Yennefer leads them to the protected fortress of Aretuza, where she hopes to discover more about the girl’s untapped powers; instead, they discover they’ve landed in a battlefield of political corruption, dark magic and treachery. They must fight back, put everything on the line — or risk losing each other forever.
Having patiently waited for so long, the past few months have been good to Witcher fans. Not only is the Netflix show returning, we also got our first look at The Witcher 4 – or whatever developer CD Projekt RED end up calling the sequel.
According to the Polish studio, this is a new saga set within the Witcher universe so don’t automatically assume we’ll pick back up with Geralt and his companions.
One interesting point about this announcement is that CDPR will be moving on from their in-house REDengine, which has been built up over the years and used for both The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. Instead they’ve signed “a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games” and will be transitioning to Unreal Engine 5. This will include not just licensing the engine, but also technical development to help Epic tailor their game engine to suit open world games.
It won’t be a very long time until we see more from the sequel. To help keep fans busy, an upgraded version of The Witcher 3 will be coming later this year to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.