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Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD PROJEKT RED has confirmed that a new Witcher game is in development. There seems to be little indication as to whether this will be a direct follow-up to The Witcher 3 or the beginning of a brand-new story and trilogy of games (note the term, “New Witcher Saga”), but it will be developed on Unreal Engine 5, kicking off a new era for the franchise. The game is being built on the new engine as part of a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. A teaser image for the game that features Geralt’s wolf pendant can be seen below. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won a total of 250 Game of the Year awards, and hopefully, the next game will see the same level of acclaim. (No more disasters like Cyberpunk 2077’s launch, please.)

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“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,” said CTO of CD PROJEKT RED, Paweł 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!”

“Epic has been building Unreal Engine 5 to enable teams to create dynamic open worlds at an unprecedented scale and level of fidelity,” added Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games. “We are deeply honored by the opportunity to partner with CD PROJEKT RED to push the limits of interactive storytelling and gameplay together, and this effort will benefit the developer community for years to come.”

New Witcher Saga Announced. CD PROJEKT RED Begins Development on Unreal Engine 5 as Part of a Strategic Partnership with Epic Games (CD PROJEKT)

CD PROJEKT RED today revealed that the next installment in The Witcher series of video games is currently in development with Unreal Engine 5, kicking off a new saga for the franchise and a new technology partnership with Epic Games.

Today’s announcement marks the first official confirmation of a new game in The Witcher series since the release of CD PROJEKT RED’s previous single-player, AAA RPG in the franchise — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — which won a total of 250 Game of the Year awards and was later expanded upon with the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine add-ons.

The teaser image for the new game features a medallion, accompanied by the phrase A New Saga Begins. Beyond this initial confirmation of a new saga in The Witcher franchise, no further details — such as a development time frame or release date — were provided.

CD PROJEKT RED also announced that they will be moving to Unreal Engine 5 as part of the multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. Since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, released in 2011, CD PROJEKT RED has used their proprietary REDengine technology to build their games. This new relationship with Epic covers not only licensing, but technical development of Unreal Engine 5, as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine, where relevant. Developers from CD PROJEKT RED will collaborate with those from Epic with the primary goal being to help tailor the engine for open-world experiences, beginning with the development of the next game in The Witcher franchise.

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6 comments

  1. I'm surprised they are abandoning their own engine. Also I guess they are returning to the Witcher IP cuz CP2077 didn't sell so well?

    I hope the unreal engine can handle such a game, I'm not a huge fan of the engine and especially some of their quirks.
    Are there already games that use UE5? If so, I was not aware. I thought UE5 was still in some sort of developer preview. There are already issues with it huh? Have you messed around with UE5? Why are you not a fan of it? What kind of quirks does it have that you have a problem with?
  2. Are there already games that use UE5? If so, I was not aware. I thought UE5 was still in some sort of developer preview. There are already issues with it huh? Have you messed around with UE5? Why are you not a fan of it? What kind of quirks does it have that you have a problem with?
    I did not say UE5 specifically but most of my gripes with the unreal engine have to do with the controls

    BL3 changing the movement keys does not change them for the map, using WASD on an AZERTY keyboard to pan around the map is a PITA
    Gears 5 changing the movement keys does not change them for the skiff making that thing a ryal pita to the point I quit the game
    Also in BL2 you can get stuck on small ledges like stairs where you should just be able to walk over, this is easily solved by jumping over them, seems this is tied to the frame rate.

    These may seem small but having 740+ hours in BL3 I can assure you a not insignificant nr of profanities were uttered trying to use the map.
  3. Are there already games that use UE5?
    Fortnite shifted over at the first of the year.

    Apart from that - a whole lot of announcements but I don’t know if anything else shipped

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