We imagined wrong CD Project RED don’t stack up for a new title from its favorite franchise… But it’s now official: the studio has announced the development of a new title The Witcher, the famous RPG saga with millions of copies sold. No trailer, first visuals and even less release date – the project is still kept secret by the development team who took advantage of the announcement to unveil a new major partnership with Epic Games.
The Witcher takes the strength of the Unreal Engine 5
The development of this new game accompanies the start of a brand new collaboration between CD Projekt RED and Epic Games. This famous The Witcher 4 will thus take advantage of the Unreal Engine 5 game engine instead of REDengine, the house game engine developed in-house. CDPR’s previous triple-As were running on the REDengine, including the recent Cyberpunk 2077 and the last episode The Witcher 3 of the franchise. The long-term plans resulting from this collaboration are detailed in the press release available on the studio’s official website:
It’s an exciting time for us as we transition from REDengine to Unreal Engine 5, kicking off a multi-year partnership with Epic Games. This not only covers the engine license, but also technical developments of Unreal Engine 5 as well as future iterations of Unreal Engine when relevant. We will be working closely with the Epic Games development team with the primary goal of helping tune the engine for open-world experiences.
Still on the subject of game engines, CD Projekt RED would like to point out that the next expansion of Cyberpunk 2077 will continue to be developed on the REDengine, for the sake of harmony and compatibility with the base game. Unfortunately, we don’t know much more about this new The Witcher. We just know one of its output platforms, the PC, logically. In addition, the Polish studio has confirmed that the title will not be exclusive to the Epic Games Store online store.