CD Projekt RED announced that development has begun for a new Witcher game using Unreal Engine 5. It will kick off “a new saga for the franchise.” This means a mainstream release for the series, which last saw a release in 2015 with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The fact that the new Witcher game uses Unreal Engine 5 over an in-house engine is a big deal. Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED’s last release from 2020, was infamous for a host of bugs, glitches, and performance issues. Switching engines to Unreal Engine 5, a proven and sturdy game engine, should increase performance and stability in theory.
A press release for the new Witcher game reads as follows
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.
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.”