Whatever’s next in The Witcher universe will be in Unreal
CD Projekt Red is working on the next game in The Witcher series. And this new saga will be taking place on a new engine, too.
The Witcher studio confirms it is developing the next installment of The Witcher on Unreal Engine 5. The move is part of a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. The deal will cover licensing and technical development of UE5, and CDPR says it will closely collaborate with Epic’s developers to tailor the engine for open-world experiences.
CD Projekt Red isn’t saying much more about the new Witcher game. No development time frame or release date has been set. The teaser image in today’s blog post does note that “a new saga begins.” Given the nice ending Geralt got in Blood and Wine, it’d be nice to see someone else take up the silver sword.
REDengine will still be used at CD Projekt Red, as it’s the engine behind Cyberpunk 2077. CDPR confirms that REDengine will still be used for developing the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion. 2077 recently got a pretty significant overhaul patch, tuning many features of the futuristic open-world game. The patch also brought the game officially onto next-gen consoles.
Confirmation of more games in The Witcher series is big, though. The fantasy series got a second surge from the Netflix adaptation, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt still stands as a top game of the last generation. It’s even, eventually, coming over to the next-gen consoles too.
With a new engine behind it, the same one seemingly powering some other big games, it’ll be interesting to see what’s in store for hunting monsters on the new consoles.