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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:06pm 22/03/22 | 4 Comments
"We’re happy to announce that the next installment in The Witcher series of video games is currently in development, kicking off a new saga for the franchise," writes the post by CD Projekt Red. With the key takeaway here being that it'll be a "new saga" and possibly not a direct sequel to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Interestingly, CDPR notes that it is partnering with Epic Games on this new game, and will be shifting from its own internal REDengine to Unreal Engine 5. The deal "covers not only licensing, but technical development of Unreal Engine 5", including future versions of the engine. The studio also adds that it will "collaborate with Epic Games’ developers with the primary goal being to help tailor the engine for open-world experiences".

Which basically confirms that the game will be an open-world RPG in the style of The Witcher 3.

Very cool, and we've yet to see many games take full advantage of Unreal Engine 5's capabilities - so no doubt it will look incredible. And with that all we've got is the image in the header of this article and no word on the current state of the game or potential release window. CDPR has in the past announced game many years before their eventual reveal and release so odds are this is a few years off.

As far as the future of REDengine goes, CDPR adds that it is still being used for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion currently in development.

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Steve Farrelly
Posted 12:38pm 22/3/22
I think the language in this press release suggests it will be a Witcher with Geralt as the lead
Posted 06:01pm 22/3/22
A new saga could mean anything. Also the medallion is not a Wolf so I highly doubt Geralt will be the lead?

Looks to be a completely new Witcher school that we haven't seen before...

Which makes me think it won't be an established character, but a create your own Witcher
Steve Farrelly
Posted 09:32am 23/3/22
That's a pretty good shout.

Though I will confess I hope if that's the case, CDPR still goes with a voiced Witcher and that that voice is as different and cutthrough as Doug C***le's!

I'm also interested how this came about given the huge investment and advances they'd made with RED Engine (bugs aside) ... I feel like this was an Epic Games initiative
Posted 03:30pm 23/3/22
Definitely has to be voiced. And yeah, It's going to be tough to live up to C***le's rendition, as well as sounding unique and not just a copy of it.

Yeah the change to Unreal Engine is interesting. In the full press release, they say that this will help improve efficiency, as previously having to update RedEngine with every new release was a massive resource commitment and hassle. So it sounds like this deal could be beneficial to CDPR if indeed it allows for a smoother, happier development process. I hope so.

Also they said that this would not be exclusive to one storefront. But that could still mean this could be an Epic Games store and GOG exclusive? I doubt it... but you never know.
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