Did Epic CD Projekt Red fool Unreal Engine 5 with a ‘fake’ Witcher demo?

Yesterday Unreal engine 5 Presented by Epic Games came with some surprises: besides announcing that Unreal Engine 5 is now available for all developers to download, Epic has also hosted developers like crystal dynamics (which announced his new Tomb Raider game) and CD project RED.

We’re excited to announce in March that CD Projekt RED was working on a new title in The Witcher series – a title being developed using Unreal Engine 5.

This represents quite a big change for the people in the studio as the company had previously made quite a big song and dance about using its own proprietary technology, the REDengine. Alex has already explored why this is a monumental announcement, and yesterday we learned a little about the story behind the engine swap from the developers themselves.

It all started with an Unreal 5 demo showing a medieval setting, according to Jason Slama (Game Director at CD Projekt RED). “At one point there’s a notice board that looks oddly similar to things we’ve done in the past and even has a sign that says ‘Monster Hunters Wanted.’

“Are you trying to tell us, ‘Come to Unreal Engine – this is how great your games could look?'” asks Slama. “Was the whole demo done with this nefarious purpose? I don’t know, but it caught my eye!”

As you can see in the tweet embedded above, the Unreal 5 demo certainly looks like it could be set in the witcher’s world – it’s dark, imposing, and you can also imagine the wind blowing through the failing one construction howls.

We know that CD Projekt has at least been messing around with new technology since it announced late last year that it had begun “exploring” new games.

We’ll probably never know if Epic’s technical wizards created this demo on purpose to sway the folks at CDPR to their engine, but it’s definitely no coincidence that this interview, footage, and story were all cut for Epic’s presentation. The company is visibly happy that it’s managed to get a high-profile studio like CDPR – cyberpunk be damned – on its books.

While we await more information on The Witcher 4 – or whatever the hell it’s called – you can whet your appetite by checking out the newly announced Witcher cookbook, which features over 80 recipes inspired by Geralt’s fantasy world are happy to call home.

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