The Witcher 4 Using Unreal Engine 5 'Opens a New Chapter For Us,' CD Projekt RED States

The Witcher 4 Using Unreal Engine 5 'Opens a New Chapter For Us,' CD Projekt RED States

Richard Walker

During Epic's State of Unreal showcase today, The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED has released a short clip explaining it's making the switch to Unreal Engine 5 - moving away from its proprietary REDengine - for The Witcher 4 (which won't be called The Witcher 4, because it isn't The Witcher 4).

According to Game Director Jason Slama, the Unreal Engine 5 medieval demo featured a noticeboard that looked remarkably similar to scenery seen in The Witcher games, even including a ‘monster slayer wanted’ notice. The studio saw this as a call from Epic to take a close look at UE5, and, given the issues experienced with Cyberpunk 2077, it seems that a change was in order.

Slama cites the number of possibilities for things going wrong being far greater in an open world game, compared to a more linear experience. “The scenarios that you have to consider are exponentially higher then in linear games,” Slama explains.

“Players can go in any direction that they want, they can handle content in any order that they want theoretically, and to really encapsulate that means you need a really stable environment where you can be able to make changes with a high level of confidence that it's not going to break break in sixteen-hundred other places down the line.”

CD Projekt RED cites its partnership with Epic to use UE5 in its next project as the opening of a “new chapter”, CTO Pawel Zawodny stating that for the next entry in The Witcher saga, the studio is looking to "achieve something great", stating that the team will “continue to work together [with Epic]” to create "something extraordinary in the end".

You can watch the full CD Projekt RED snippet about Unreal Engine 5 below, and find out more about the next chapter in The Witcher saga, which will seemingly be associated with the School of the Lynx, here.

  • Sounds like an interesting take. Where did they give the details about playable characters though????
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