CD Projekt Red begins development on new Witcher game

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Polish video game developer, CD Projekt Red, has confirmed that a new Witcher game is currently in development.

CD Projekt Red made the announcement on their official website without revealing much on the actual game. However, they did reveal that the new game will be “kicking off a new saga for the franchise and a new technology partnership with Epic Games.”

The company also revealed that the new Witcher game will also be developed with Unreal Engine 5. This is notable as CD Projekt Red had used their own proprietary REDending technology to build their games since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

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“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,” CD Projekt Red CTO Paweł Zawodny said.

“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!” Paweł Zawodny concluded

Also speaking was Founder and CEO of Epic Games Tim Sweeney who stated “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 honoured 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.”

However, despite working with Epic, CD Projekt Red revealed that the new game will not be an Epic Store exclusive stating “we are not planning on making the game exclusive to one storefront.”

CD Projekt Red also didn’t reveal the development timeframe or release date, but the Cyberpunk 2077 developer did share a teaser image, that features a medallion and the phrase, “a new saga begins.”

The company however is still planning on releasing the next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3 later this year.

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