CD Projekt Red has announced a new game set in The Witcher series is in development and will be changing from RED Engine to Unreal Engine 5 going forward.
Taking to the studio’s official blog, CD Projekt RED confirms that the next game will kick off a new saga for the franchise as it partners with Epic Games to use its technology.
— The Witcher (@witchergame) March 21, 2022
There isn’t much else to showcase today as the studio revealed one image confirming the shift to a new development engine.
“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, “says Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD Projekt RED. “From the outset, we did not consider a typical licensing arrangement; both we and Epic see this as a long-term, fulfilling tech partnership”
He continues to describe what this new partnership will entail for the studio.
“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!”
For those concerned about what this means for Cyberpunk 2077, the RED Engine will continue to be used to develop the game’s expansions.