The Witcher saga will have a new video game. CD Projekt is already working on it, developing it in Unreal Engine 5 as part of a deal with Epic Games.
Polish studio CD Projekt RED has announced that it is working on a new video game in The Witcher saga . It has done so through a statement published on its official blog , a text that is accompanied by what we can consider the first image of the game: a medallion from the Cat School half-buried in the snow. What does this mean? As explained by the company, this new game will open a new narrative line in the series , so it may not be carried out by Geralt de Rivia or focus on in other story arcs of the universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Agreement with Epic Games to develop it in Unreal Engine 5
This is not the only change that the new installment of The Witcher is going to mean for the franchise: CD Projekt RED has also announced that the game is being developed in Unreal Engine 5 as a result of an agreement with Epic Games, leaving aside its own engine, REDengine, which was the tool they had used so far. They did want to make it clear that this engine is the one they are using for the development of some of their current projects, such as the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion that will be released soon. This agreement does not imply that the new game will be exclusive to a digital store, according to the company itself .
The statement speaks of a “strategic collaboration” between CD Projekt and Epic Games, a multi-year agreement that not only involves the use of the license but also collaboration in the technical development of the Unreal Engine and potential new versions of the engine: ” We will be working closely with developers at Epic Games with the primary goal of helping tailor the engine to open-world experiences, ” the company explains.
CD Projekt already talks about “several games” in Unreal Engine 5
Paweł Zawodny , CTO at CD Projekt RED, commented on the deal in a press release following the official announcement: “One of the core aspects of our internal transformation is a much stronger focus on technology, and our cooperation with Epic Games is based on this principle. From the beginning, we did not consider a typical license agreement; both we and Epic see this as a successful long-term technological partnership “
“It is vital for CD Projekt RED to have the technical direction of our next game decided at the earliest possible stage,” Zawodny continues in his remarks. “In the past we have invested a lot of resources and energy to evolve and adapt REDengine with each release. This cooperation is very exciting , because it will increase the predictability and efficiency of development, while giving us access to state-of-the-art tools,” he ends explaining before to talk about the “several games” they intend to develop in Unreal Engine 5.
Epic Games also wanted to celebrate the announcement of this agreement with a statement from Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of the company: “Epic has been building Unreal Engine 5 to allow teams to create dynamic open worlds at a scale and level of fidelity unprecedented . We are deeply honored by the opportunity to partner with CD Projekt RED to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling and gameplay together, and this effort will benefit the developer community for years to come.”
At the moment the company has not wanted to offer more information about the new The Witcher game , neither regarding the estimated duration of its development nor on the release date.