The Witcher 4 Teased By CD Projekt as The Beginning of "A New Saga"

The Witcher 4 Teased By CD Projekt as The Beginning of "A New Saga"

Matt Lorrigan

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.

  • Should be plenty excited for this?
  • I know they’re not a small team any more so are able to handle more than one project, but I feel like they’ve got to finish Cyberpunk first. It still needs a lot of work, it needs some much needed quality of life improvements, more life breathed into the world, more interactivity, they could REALLY do with contracting an experienced driving game dev team to make the driving less frustrating, and a team more versed in FPS to tighten up the gunplay which feels awful without considerable tweaking of the controller settings, and even then it still feels off, plus they haven’t even announced what’s happening for expansions yet. I would have put all hands on deck to get that game on track, especially after all the time, money and hype that went behind it that we’re all wasted on a lacklustre reception.

    But The Witcher prints money. I get it.
  • @TheTCD couldn't agree more. Cyberpunk should be the game of the decade - similar in aspiration to GTA. It is really good and it deserves more support before something new is announced.
  • @LordBunny Similar in aspiration to GTA? So you want them to re-release the same game across 3 generations with no real changes, while at the same time abandoning all support of the story mode in favor of milking players in the multiplayer mode?

    All I'll say is thank god they abandoned the multiplayer aspect before launch.
  • Not going to lie, I remember when CDPR said they were done making Witcher games, and that they'd focus on other IPs. Guess they backtracked on that real fast after how horrible a flop Cyberpunk was.
  • Cybitcher: The refund
  • I hope CDPR goes bankrupt
  • The Witcher 4...brought to you by the scam that was Cyberpunk.
  • Cyberpunk is badass now, y'all just sound like you're trying to be edgy. The game is in a lot better shape than it was at launch and it's a blast to play. They have one bad launch and now everyone is trying to say they are trash. How many times have the bigger companies put out turd after turd and you people seem to forgive them
  • Cyberpunk, even working well, was still a vastly flawed game. While hacking was enjoyable for a while, everything else was pretty boring. Characters, story, gunplay… should have aimed for a more character driven story ala the Witcher, then a generic character in a sci go World. So many great characters in the Witcher, I can’t really remember any I liked in Cyberpunk…
  • @Dante XBA

    And then CD turned into a publicly traded company. When you hit that, shareholders always come first, so any franchise that does well is going to get milked into oblivion. Can never let a story have a true end, just cycles.
  • This image looks like Nilfgaard helmet, so I am not sure if Ciri would be character...

    Maybe a new breed of Witchers or another prequel, etc? I am sure that folks even more into the lore, etc will have no trouble figuring out where signs point from single image like this, but I am super excited.

    Been putting off replaying Witcher 3 until we get next gen update, so hope it comes sooner, rather than later.
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