CD Projekt Red announced today that a brand new entry in The Witcher Franchise is under development. The announcement also serves as an introduction to a major deal with Epic Games to use the Unreal Engine.
The announcement is a blank, with no details on anything we can expect. Of course, the development timeline, status, or an approximate release window target are probably far from confirmed. What we do know is that this starts:
“A multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. It covers not only the licensing but also the technical development of Unreal Engine 5 as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine where relevant. We will be working closely with the developers at Epic Games with the primary goal of helping to tailor the engine for open world experiences.”
The business ending contains a few elements. On the one hand, the upcoming expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 is still being developed in REDengine. So the new deal covers later projects. Unreal Engine and Epic Games offer some sweet license terms to developers using the engine. With CD Projekt Red, however, the goal should be hit quickly when the royalties (after the first million sales) run up. However, the part of the deal covering engine development and customization for open-world experiences is something else to keep an eye on.
This should make the next game in the series do justice to its predecessor, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, in reference to a grand adventure, but perhaps also suggests that work on the engine might be used outside of the franchise. It remains to be seen if this work will remain proprietary or if this deal will result in additional Unreal Engine customization across the board, open to all.
— The Witcher (@witchergame) March 21, 2022
for fans, The Witcher Franchise is still an enticing name, and with the hit Netflix series and the extra attention being paid to the books and games, the potential is high. CD Projekt Red will release details in its own time, but that a new entry is in development is already exciting for many, even with scant information.
You can read the announcement at CD Projekt Red.
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/cd-projekt-red-announces-next-game-in-the-witcher-series-in-development-in-new-unreal-engine-epic-deal-2000124600 CD Projekt Red announces the next game in The Witcher series in development in the new Unreal Engine Epic Deal