Monday, March 21, 2022
CD Projekt has announced the next game in The Witcher series, which will be developed using Unreal Engine 5.
The first new single-player AAA RPG in The Witcher series since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launched in 2015, this new title is being teased with the tagline “A New Saga Begins”. Could this mean we're playing as another protagonist aside from Geralt? Perhaps players will take on the role of Ciri, as plenty of fans have hypothesised in the past?
No further details, including release dates or development time frames, have been announced, but the announcement appears to have arrived alongside the announcement of a long-term collaboration between CD Projekt and Epic Games. While previous games in The Witcher franchise were developed using the studio's in-house REDengine, The Witcher 4 (or whatever it ends up being called) will utilise Epic's Unreal Engine 5.
“One of the core 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,” says CD Projekt CTO Pawel Zawodny. “From the outset, we did not consider a typical licensing arrangement; both we and Epic see this as a long-term, fulfilling tech partnership.”
“It is vital for CD Projekt Red to have the technical direction of our next game decided from the earliest possible phase as, in the past, we spent a lot of resources and energy to evolve and adapt REDengine with every subsequent game release. This cooperation is so exciting, because it will elevate development predictability and efficiency, while simultaneously granting us access to cutting-edge game development tools. I can’t wait for the great games we’re going to create using Unreal Engine 5!”
CD Projekt did confirm that REDengine would still be used in the development of Cyberpunk 2077's upcoming expansion.
So, are you excited for a new The Witcher game? We may only have an image and a tagline to go on, but let us know your theories in the comments down below.
https://t.co/XtbfqscMWr pic.twitter.com/eK6ZIbfLRa— The Witcher (@witchergame) March 21, 2022
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