CD Projekt Red has confirmed that a new Witcher game that will use Unreal Engine 5 is currently in development.
While not much was revealed about this upcoming game, the announcement confirmed that this new game will “start a new saga for the franchise and a new technology partnership with Epic Games.”
It also didn’t give a timeframe for development or a release date, but CD Projekt Red shared a teaser image (which you can see below) that includes a medallion and the phrase “A new saga begins.”
However, CD Projekt stated that “we have no plans to make the game exclusive to a storefront” despite working with Epic.
There was also no word on whether Geralt of Rivia would star in this new “saga”, but the locket appears to be of a similar nature to Geralt’s wolf locket, which is just one of those given to the witcher candidates of the School of the Wolf, after passing the test of the grasses. The medallion is covered in snow, so it could be one of the cat schools or a whole new school, but we’ll have to wait to find out.
The move to Unreal Engine 5 is also notable as CD Projekt Red had been using their own proprietary REDending technology to build their games since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
“One of the core aspects of our internal RED 2.0 transformation is a much stronger focus on technology, and our collaboration with Epic Games is based on this principle,” said Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD Projekt Red license agreement intended; both we and Epic see it as a long-term, fulfilling tech partnership.
“For CD PROJEKT RED, it is crucial that the technical direction of our next game is set from the earliest possible stage, as we have historically devoted a lot of resources and energy to evolving and adapting REDengine with each subsequent game release. This collaboration is exciting because it increases the predictability and efficiency of development while giving us access to cutting-edge game development tools. I can’t wait for the amazing games we will be making with Unreal Engine 5!”
“Epic built Unreal Engine 5 to enable teams to create dynamic open worlds on an unprecedented scale and with unprecedented fidelity,” added Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “We are honored to be working with CD PROJEKT RED to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling and gameplay together, and these efforts will benefit the developer community for years to come.”
While this new Witcher game will use Unreal Engine 5, CD Projekt Red said that REDengine “is still being used to develop the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion.”
Released in 2015, The Witcher 3 won “a total of 250 Game of the Year Awards,” including one from IGN. In 2020 CD Projekt Red released Cyberpunk 2077 and it had a rough start to say the least, especially on last-gen consoles.
This led to Sony removing the game from the PSN store and a massive backlash. Since then, CD Projekt Red has been committed to fixing the ship and recently released the next-gen upgrades for the game for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
CD Projekt also confirmed that it learned a “huge lesson” and hopefully that translates into a lot fewer issues for the launch of this new Witcher game.
In 2020, CD Projekt confirmed that it would return to the world of The Witcher after the release of Cyberpunk 2077 and that it would not be The Witcher 4, thus a sequel to Geralt’s story. The team has previously said that Geralt’s story is complete, but this new press release neither confirms nor denies that this new direction is still the case.
While the wait for this new entry can be long, CD Projekt still plans to release the next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3 later this year, and fans can watch Season 2 of The Witcher on Netflix now.
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https://www.ign.com/articles/cd-projekt-red-confirms-a-new-witcher-game-is-in-development CD Projekt Red confirms that a new Witcher game is in development and will use Unreal Engine 5