CD Projekt Red, the studio behind the critically acclaimed The Witcher video game series and the not-so-critically-acclaimed Cyberpunk 2077 has announced that the studio is working on a new video game adaptation.
The game is currently in early pre-production and details are basically non-existent at this point. However, CD Projekt Red claims that the studio has entered a partnership with Epic Games and that the upcoming new The Witcher video game will be built on Unreal Engine 5.
Keep in mind that up to now, all CD Projekt Red titles have been developed and created using the in-house REDengine. So this move to Unreal Engine 5 means the studio is officially abandoning the engine in favour of Epic Game’s powerful tools.
The Witcher video game will also mark a new saga for the series. By the sound of things, the game will also move away from Geralt’s story so perhaps the new saga is set in a different timeline or even universe.
CD Projekt Red is still working on the REDengine while they port over The Witcher 3 and work on developing an expansion for Cyberpunk 2077. The future of the engine remains uncertain after these projects wrap up. After the failed launch of Cyberpunk 2077, trashing the REDengine sounds like a good idea.
It is going to be a while before we get to see this new The Witcher game in the flesh. Early production means there’s really nothing to get excited over and the story and game’s foundations are still being laid down. Given the rocky launch of Cyberpunk 2077, a game that is still a far reach from its original promised product, we can only hope CDPR take all the time they need for this new game.
This is an exciting moment as we’re moving from REDengine to Unreal Engine 5, beginning a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. It covers not only licensing, but technical development of Unreal Engine 5, as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine, where relevant. We’ll closely collaborate with Epic Games’ developers with the primary goal being to help tailor the engine for open-world experiences.
At this point, no further details regarding the game — such as a development time frame or release date — are available.
REDengine, the technology which powers Cyberpunk 2077, is still being used for the development of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion.
Source: CDPR Blog