CD Projekt Red has announced that a new game in The Witcher series is in development. Unlike previous games, development will shift from REDengine to Unreal Engine 5 as part of a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. CDPR says it will work closely with developers at Epic Games to help tailor the engine for open-world experiences.
At this point, more details about The Witcher – such as a development timeline or release date – are currently unavailable. We also don’t know if the game will be called The Witcher 4 or something else.
A little trivia that can be gleaned from the teaser image, which GamesRadar’s Leon Hurley spotted, is that it hints that Geralt’s former protege, Witcher protagonist, Ciri, is the star of this new game. :
To quote the wiki: “Ciri claimed a cat school medallion on the corpse of Leo Bonhart who allegedly killed at least one of its members.” https://t.co/RlEANr4MLe
— Leon Hurley (@LeonHurley) March 21, 2022
While CDPR isn’t ready to share any details about the next Witcher game just yet, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Paweł Zawodny, briefly touched on the company’s move to Unreal Engine 5. “It’s vital for CD Projekt Red to have the technical direction of our next game decided at the earliest possible stage – as in the past – we have spent a lot of resources and energy to evolve and adapt REDengine with each subsequent game release,” said said Zawodny in a Press statement. “This cooperation is so exciting because it will increase development predictability and efficiency, while simultaneously giving us access to cutting-edge game development tools.”
According to Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, the collaboration with CDPR “will push the boundaries of interactive storytelling and gameplay together” while benefiting the developer community for years to come. CDPR noted that The Witcher will not be an Epic Games Store exclusive, stating that it will also be available on other PC storefronts when it eventually launches.
We do not plan to make the game exclusive to a single storefront.
— The Witcher (@witchergame) March 21, 2022
The last Witcher game released was The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt in 2015, which received universal acclaim from critics and fans alike. Selling over 28 million copies as of April 2020, the game also received two well-received expansions after launch, with PC sales accounting for more than half of units purchased. Since then, the franchise has also become a popular series on Netflix which stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, although it has nothing to do with the games and is based on the original novels.
A new standalone version of The Witcher Gwent card game is also reportedly in development and could be released later this year. CDPR’s last game was Cyberpunk 2077, which launched in a buggy state in 2020. Since then, the studio has drastically revamped the sci-fi game, upgrading it for current-gen Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles. with ray tracing, 4K with dynamic upscaling, faster loading times and a host of other technical improvements.
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