Big Picture: CD Projekt Red is working on a new installment of the popular Witcher franchise. Perhaps more importantly, CDPR revealed that the game and future games will be built using Epic’s Unreal Engine 5. With any luck, this will help speed up the development process, as previous games built using CDPR’s own engine were slow to build.
Confirmation came on the first day Game Developers Conference. The Polish video game company said the new game will be developed using Unreal Engine 5 rather than its own engine, marking the start of a long-term strategic partnership with Epic Games.
CD Projekt Red stated that the deal with Epic is not only about licensing, but also about the technical development of UE5. In other words, it looks like CD Projekt Red is going to help Epic develop Unreal Engine 5 for open world use.
The last game in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt series came out in 2015.
CDPR said they were unable to share more information about the new game.
Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said they are honored to partner with CDPR to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling and gameplay. “These efforts will benefit the developer community for years to come,” he added.