The next-gen sequel, The Witcher 3, will not be the final game in the franchise, though it will complete protagonist Geralt’s personal trilogy, according to comments made by CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski.

This clears up the confusion that resulted after the game’s announcement earlier this week, when studio boss Adam Badowski made the following comment: “People may ask if this is really going to be the last Witcher game. Yes, it is. Why? Because we believe that we should end the series on a high note.”

Kicinski has since clarified these remarks. “This is the last part of the trilogy, in which there will be a great finale of the story,” he told the Polish Press Agency. “However, this doesn’t mean the end of franchise.”

It would appear, therefore, that while there will be no further adventures for the particular Witcher that fans have come to know, the world will live on. The next game is set to boast a dramatic “a living open world” that will be “larger than any other in modern RPG history” according to the studio’s press release.

The news comes after the release of a host of in-game screenshots, which developer CD Projekt Red was quick to point out are representative only of the current stage of development, whilst running on current hardware. The finished title will contain significant improvements” – an ambitious goal, as the Witcher games already have a reputation for visual excellence.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently slated for release in 2014.

Source: Eurogamer