CD Projekt RED Tips New Witcher game made with Unreal Engine 5

Good news for The Witcher fans: the fantasy series is getting a new game.

CD Projekt RED broke the news on Monday, which apparently caused the official Witcher website hosting the announcement to temporarily shut down.

The untitled Witcher game promises to launch a “new saga” in the series. For now, CD Projekt RED remains silent on specifics, but the teaser shows a silver medallion covered in snow. Does it belong to the main character and monster hunter Geralt, who normally wears a wolf medallion? Or is it from another witcher? We will have to wait and see.

In the meantime, CD Project RED said it was using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 to develop the title. This news alone is surprising since CD Projekt RED generally uses its own REDengine technology to create its games.

According to CD Projekt RED, the decision to use Unreal Engine 5 actually represents a partnership with Epic Games, rather than a licensing agreement. The Polish game studio will also contribute to the development of Unreal Engine 5, and potentially future generations of the engine.

A demo of Unreal Engine 5 (Epic Games)

“From the start, we didn’t envision a typical licensing agreement; we and Epic see this as a fulfilling, long-term technology partnership,” said Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD Projekt RED.

He added, “It is vital for CD Projekt RED that the technical direction of our next game is decided at the earliest possible stage because; In the past, we have spent a lot of resources and energy to evolve and adapt REDengine with each subsequent game release. This cooperation is so exciting, as it will increase development predictability and efficiency, while simultaneously giving us access to cutting-edge game development tools.

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The statement signals that CD Projekt RED wants to avoid the pitfalls it faced with its latest game, Cyberpunk 2077. The title was announced with high expectations, but the final product arrived filled with game-breaking bugs, leaving many consumers disappointed. . The game’s programmers have since reportedly said Cyberpunk 2077 should never have originally been released in December 2020, and pointed to rushed development as a key issue.

The studio’s decision to move to Unreal Engine 5 likely means that CD Projekt RED can spend less time developing the game engine and instead focus on creating a new Witcher title. Unreal Engine 5 launched last year, and it’s designed to deliver photo-realistic environments in real time.

CD Projekt RED added that it will continue to use the company’s RED engine, but for upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansions.

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