CD Projekt Red today announced an exciting new partnership with Epic Games that will see the next installment in the critically acclaimed The Witcher franchise, being developed on the award-winning Unreal Engine 5. The new strategic partnership promises an exciting new era for the franchise as The Witcher prepares to welcome “A new saga”.
Today’s announcement focuses primarily on the new partnership between Epic Games and CD Projekt Red. Very little information regarding the game was shared, but it’s the first time a new Witcher title has been confirmed since the release of the incredible The Witcher 3
Brand New Witcher Game Announced
The team at CD Projekt Red confirmed that they will be moving to Unreal Engine 5 as part of the multi-year partnership with Epic Games. Since 2011, CD have been utilizing REDengine – an in-house solution. Going forward, CD Projekt Red will be using Epic Games with the exception of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion, which is being developed on the existing REDengine framework.
CTO of CD Projekt Red, Paweł Zawodny said
“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!” Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD PROJEKT RED
The Founder & CEO of Epic Games had some words to share on the new partnership.
“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.”Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games