New Witcher game officially confirmed to be in development

CD Projekt Red has confirmed that a new Witcher game is in development and it will be built on Unreal Engine 5.

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  • CD Projekt Red has confirmed that a new Witcher game is in development
  • The next Witcher game will be built using Unreal Engine 5
  • The upcoming Witcher game will begin a new saga in the franchise

CD Projekt Red has announced that a new Witcher game is in development. The latest game in the Witcher franchise, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was released in 2015, and it was well-received by fans and critics alike. CD Projekt Red had also launched expansions such as Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine for the Witcher 3. After several years, the developer has now confirmed that the new game is in development as part of its multi-year partnership with Epic Games. The partnership with Epic allows CD Projekt Red to build the new Witcher game using Unreal Engine 5.

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Since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, CD Projekt Red has used its proprietary REDengine technology for development. The partnership with Epic Games will assist with Unreal Engine 5-based development and help in licensing. CD Projekt Red and Epic Games will work together to help tailor Unreal Engine 5 for open-world games. The upcoming Witcher game will begin a new saga in the franchise. CD Projekt Red hasn’t shared any specific details about the game yet.

CD Projekt Red CTO Paweł Zawodny said, “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.”

Zawodny added, “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!”

CD Projekt Red has said that REDengine will continue to power Cyberpunk 2077 and it is being used in the development of the new expansion. Besides these, the Witcher 3 is getting a new-gen console upgrade later this year.