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CD Projekt Says New Witcher Game In Development, Will Use Epic’s Unreal Engine 5

Polish developer CD Projekt says a new Witcher game is in development.

While no details of the game was provided, CD Projekt said the new saga will use Unreal Engine 5 instead of its REDengine, which means the game could see more photorealism. 

The studio also said they will closely collaborate with Epic Games’ developers to tailor the engine for open-world experiences. 

Now, Witcher 3 had a massive open-world for 2015, with its rich lore and (both marked and unmarked) quests.

It’s so big that  seven years later, its easter eggs are still being uncovered – the latest one was found just days ago.

We also don’t know if the new game will be a continuation of Geralt’s adventures.

The poster CD Projekt released only had the tantalising text “The Witcher: A New Saga Begins” and a feline-ish medallion, which is different from the Wolf medallion that Geralt wears.

Unreal Engine 5 was most recently showcased at the 2021 Game Awards, where it was used to power The Matrix Awakens – half open-world game and half tech demo. 

And as PCGamer pointed out, the shift to Unreal Engine 5 could also ease crunch at CD Projekt before the new game releases. 

The latest Witcher game won’t be the only one built on Epic’s Unreal Engine 5; Fortnite is already using it, while S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 is one of the most anticipated games using Unreal Engine 5. 

For those wondering when we could see the latest instalment in the Witcher series – well, CD Projekt gave no time frame or release date, but it is worth noting that development for Witcher 3 began in 2011 and took almost four years before it was released. 

*Featured image from CD Projekt

By Samantha Chan \ 11:00, 23 March 2022

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