CD Projekt Red has confirmed that a new Witcher game is currently in development and it will use Unreal Engine 5.
Although not much has been revealed about this upcoming game, the announcement confirmed that this new game will “launch a new saga for the franchise and a new technology partnership with Epic Games”.
No development schedule or release date was given either, but CD Projekt Red shared a teaser image (which you can see below), which features a medallion and the phrase “a new saga begins.”
CD Projekt however stated that “we have no plans to make the game exclusive to a single storefront” despite our collaboration with Epic.
It was also unknown if Geralt of Rivia would star in this new “saga”, but the medallion appears to be in a similar way to Geralt’s wolf medallion which is just one of those given to witcher candidates. from school. of the wolf after passing the grass trial. The medallion is covered in snow, so it could be the cat’s school or a 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 used its own REDending technology to create its games since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
“One of the key aspects of our internal RED 2.0 transformation is a much stronger focus on technology, and our cooperation with Epic Games is based on this principle,” said Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD Projekt Red. “From the outset, we didn’t envision a typical licensing agreement; we and Epic view this as a fulfilling, long-term technology partnership.
“It is vital for CD PROJEKT RED that the technical direction of our next game is decided at the earliest possible phase, because in the past we have spent a lot of resources and energy to evolve and adapt REDengine with each release. This co-op is so exciting because it will increase the predictability and efficiency of development, while simultaneously giving us access to cutting-edge game development tools. I can’t wait to see the great games we’re going to create with Unreal Engine 5!
“Epic built Unreal Engine 5 to enable teams to create dynamic open worlds at unprecedented scale and fidelity,” added Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “We are deeply honored at the opportunity to partner with CD PROJEKT RED to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling and gameplay together, and this effort will benefit the developer community for years to come.
While this new Witcher game will use Unreal Engine 5, CD Projekt Red said REDengine “is still being used for the development of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion.”
The Witcher 3 was released in 2015 and won “a total of 250 Game of the Year awards”, including from IGN. In 2020, CD Projekt Red released Cyberpunk 2077 and it had a rocky start, to say the least, especially on the latest generation consoles.
This led to Sony pulling the game from the PSN store and causing massive backlash. Since then, CD Projekt Red has been committed to righting the ship and recently released the game’s next-gen upgrades for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
CD Projekt has also confirmed that they’ve learned a “huge lesson” and hopefully that will translate into a lot less trouble launching this new Witcher game.
In 2020, CD Projekt confirmed that it will return to the world of The Witcher after the release of Cyberpunk 2077 and it will not be The Witcher 4, i.e. a sequel to Geralt’s story . The team previously stated 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 may be long, CD Projekt still plans to release the next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3 later this year and fans can check out Netflix’s The Witcher Season 2 right now.
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