New Witcher Game Announced by CDProjekt

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After having hinted a new Witcher title was in the works a while back, CDProjekt has officially announced that the next installment in the series is currently in development.

CDPorjekt Red is holding their cards pretty close to their chest, sharing very few details about this next game beyond the above teaser image. All we know is a promise of a “New Saga” and a suspiciously cat like medallion lying in the snow. An important detail that was actually provided, is that this game will be using Epic’s Unreal Engine 5, as opposed to the developer’s own RED Engine, used for their previous titles. They will be working closely with Epic to tailor the engine to the games individual needs.

The medallion is interesting. It certainly looks very cat like. For those not familiar with The Witcher franchise, Witchers are basically monster hunters who have dedicated their lives to their trade, and are typically trained in one of a handful of different Witcher schools, each using a different animal as it’s sigil. The protagonist of the previous games, Geralt, was trained in the Wolf school, and carried with him a wolf medallion. There is indeed a Cat school in both the games, as well as the books that inspired them, although it’s worth noting the medallion here looks significantly different to the Cat medallions seen in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, suggesting this may be a new Witcher school, or maybe just a redesign. Although if this is a Cat medallion that could have some interesting implications, as Witchers for the Cat school are fairly infamous for acting more like assassins, and less like monster hunters.

One more thing that should really be mentioned is CDProrjekt currently has no plans to make this next Witcher title exclusive to any particular storefront, despite their use of the Unreal Engine.

 

Checkout the press release below for more information:


New Witcher Saga Announced.
CD PROJEKT RED Begins Development on Unreal Engine 5 as Part of a Strategic Partnership with Epic Games
CD PROJEKT RED today revealed that the next installment in The Witcher series of video games is currently in development with Unreal Engine 5, kicking off a new saga for the franchise and a new technology partnership with Epic Games.
Today’s announcement marks the first official confirmation of a new game in The Witcher series since the release of CD PROJEKT RED’s previous single-player, AAA RPG in the franchise — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — which won a total of 250 Game of the Year awards and was later expanded upon with the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine add-ons.
The teaser image for the new game features a medallion, accompanied by the phrase A New Saga Begins. Beyond this initial confirmation of a new saga in The Witcher franchise, no further details — such as a development time frame or release date — were provided.
CD PROJEKT RED also announced that they will be moving to Unreal Engine 5 as part of the multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. Since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, released in 2011, CD PROJEKT RED has used their proprietary REDengine technology to build their games. This new relationship with Epic covers not only licensing, but technical development of Unreal Engine 5, as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine, where relevant. Developers from CD PROJEKT RED will collaborate with those from Epicwith the primary goal being to help tailor the engine for open-world experiences, beginning with the development of the next game in The Witcher franchise.
Speaking on the use of Unreal Engine 5 for this, and future games, CTO of CD PROJEKT RED, Paweł Zawodny stated:

“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!”

Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games, remarked about the partnership:
“Epic has been building Unreal Engine 5 to enable teams to create dynamic open worlds at an unprecedented scale and level of fidelity. We are deeply honored by the opportunity to partner with CD PROJEKT RED to push the limits of interactive storytelling and gameplay together, and this effort will benefit the developer community for years to come.”
Simultaneously with these announcements, CD PROJEKT RED also provided confirmation that REDengine, the technology which powers Cyberpunk 2077, is still being used for the development of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion.

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