"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.