A new Witcher game is in development

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CD Projekt has confirmed that a new witcher game is in development, “the kickoff of a new saga for the franchise”.

The new game will be built using Unreal Engine 5 rather than CD Projekt’s REDengine, which the studio says will begin “a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games.”

“It not only covers licensing, but also the technical development of Unreal Engine 5, as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine, if any,” CD Projekt said. “We will be working closely with the developers at Epic Games, with the main goal being to help adapt the engine to open-world experiences.”

CD Projekt said the change to the new engine was made to help streamline the development process. “From the outset, we didn’t envision a typical licensing agreement; we and Epic view this as a fulfilling, long-term technology partnership,” said Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD Projekt Red. “It is vital for CD Projekt Red that the technical direction of our next game is decided at the earliest possible phase, as in the past we have spent a lot of resources and energy to evolve and adapt REDengine with each release. later game.

“This cooperation is so exciting, as it will increase development predictability and efficiency, while simultaneously giving us access to cutting-edge game development tools. I can’t wait to see the great games we’ll create with Unreal. Engine 5!”

The studio also confirmed that despite switching to a new engine, the new Witcher game is not planned as an Epic Games Store exclusive.

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CD Projekt previously hinted that a new Witcher game could be on the way, but this is the first time it’s been officially confirmed. No other details have been revealed, but the teaser image included in the announcement suggests, as we already expected, that the new game won’t feature Geralt. The Witcher’s snowy medallion is hard to tell apart but is definitely not of the wolf school.

My first impression was that the medallion looked like the The cat school, an outcast school that is apparently the only one training women and non-humans. This is also the locket worn by Ciri in The Witcher 3, although she didn’t actually earn it at school, but took it from a bounty hunter hired to kill her, which could indicate a post-Witcher 3 spin-off series.

Others, however, have noted that it looks more like the Lynx school, which, according to the Witcher wiki, came into being shortly after the official end of Wolf School. It was founded by veterans of the School of the Cat in partnership with the hothead of the School of the Wolf Lambert and his lover, the witch Keira Metz. It would also make for a good follow-up series, being explicitly post-Geralt but still leaving the door open for appearances from him and other supporting characters from the Witcher trilogy.

As a few people have pointed out, the Lynx School story is unofficial – fanfic, you might say – but you could also argue that the entire Witcher video game trilogy is fanfic. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be entirely out of the question to see this new school (or something like it) adopted as the starting point for a new Witcher game.

The bottom line is that we really have no idea at this point and I think it will be a long time before we get any solid details. Either way, speculation is fun right now – and you can bet we’ll be watching very closely.

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