Update: CDPR Global PR Director Radek Grabowski has provided a little extra context to this, advising that the game hasn't been announced as 'The Witcher 4', so we've removed that name from the headline for the time being.
Original story: In a new blog post from The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio confirms that a brand new Witcher game is in development. The next instalment of The Witcher series will switch over to Unreal Engine 5, and the studio will be working with Epic Games on the title.
The developer says that this will be the start of a "new saga" for the franchise, following the hugely popular The Witcher 3 and its two expansions; Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine.
As this new saga appears to stretch across multiple games, it's looking like CD Projekt will use Unreal Engine for future The Witcher development. The announcement says that working with Epic Games is a "multi-year strategic partnership", as the developer ditches its proprietary REDengine; technology it's used since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
Both CD Projekt and Epic Games have commented on the partnership. Here's what CTO of CD Projekt Red, Paweł Zawodny, had to say:
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. 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!
Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games, added this:
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 honored 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.
So, there you have it. In all but name, The Witcher 4 has been announced and is in active development. CD Projekt may well opt for a different title closer to launch, but development on a sequel to The Witcher 3 is officially in the works!
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