Finally, CD Projekt Red talks about the future of the famous and hugely popular The Witcher video game series around the world. Having built a reputation for developing one of the best RPGs of all time with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the franchise continues.
Early Monday night, the Polish developer studio announced that the next iteration is already in development. However, it’s still not entirely clear if this is actually The Witcher 4. Rather, CDPR is talking about starting a “new saga” for the franchise with the next The Witcher game.
Switch to Unreal Engine 5
Additionally, they are already communicating that they have entered into a multi-year partnership with Epic Games and will be switching from their in-house REDengine to Unreal Engine 5 as part of this. The partnership not only covers the licensing, but also the technical development of Unreal Engine 5, including possible future versions of the Unreal Engine. In this context, we work closely with the developers of Epic Games to achieve the goal of developing the engine for open world experiences.
The fact that the next Witcher video game is also based on an open world is taken for granted, but it really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Also, no details can be given about “The Witcher 4,” or what the project will ultimately be called, at this time. Neither the current state of development nor a potential time frame for release is mentioned.
More details remain unclear
It remains to be seen if other circumstances will change as part of the new partnership with Epic Games, such as the selection of platforms that The Witcher’s next adventure will appear on. Hopefully no one gets the idea to mention an Epic Games Store exclusivity for the PC version.
/Edit: We can already give the go-ahead on this front. According to The Witcher’s official Twitter account in response to a concerned comment, there are no plans to release the game exclusively for a store.
By the way, if you want to start speculating as part of this announcement whether Cyberpunk 2077 will also be updated to Unreal Engine 5 in the future, you can stop right away. Here, CD Projekt Red takes the breath away from possible rumors or conjectures and finally emphasizes that the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion will continue to be built on the REDengine, which has also been used for the game so far.
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