Loved The Witcher 3: Wold Hunt? Can’t get enough of the franchise? If so, you’ll be glad to know that CD Projekt RED has confirmed that a new Witcher game is in active development!
Posting a letter to the game’s fans, the studio confirmed that this new Witcher game will kick off “a new saga” for the franchise. Not only that, but it’s confirmed that the game will be running on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 instead of the REDengine, whcih should be good news for a lot of people. Outside of that, there are no gameplay details, release window, or whether Geralt is even returning.
“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. 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!”
For those wondering if CD Projekt RED transitioning to Unreal Engine 5 means that Cyberpunk 2077’s expansion is on the same path, the answer is no; CDPR has confirmed in the announcement that the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion is still being made using the REDengine.
Released way back in 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was an epic masterpiece that garnered a ton of accolades when it was released. Even today, it’s at a might 93 overall on Metacritic, which is no small feat. While Cyberpunk 2077 might have left a bitter taste in gamer’s mouths, a proper entry to the Witcher franchise should make that all go away — as long as the game isn’t riddled with technical issues and whatnot.