CD Projekt Red has announced that the development of a new game in The Witcher series has begun, the game will begin a new saga in the series. CD Projekt Red has also confirmed that the game will be built on Unreal Engine 5 as opposed to REDengine as part of a “multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games”, the partnership will also cover licensing going forward. No other details about the game were revealed.

Here’s what Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD Projekt Red, 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!

Here’s what Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, had to say:

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.

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