CD Mission has revealed that its subsequent Witcher recreation will mark a brand new period for the franchise.
The studio additionally introduced on Monday that the open-world title is being constructed with Epic Video games’ Unreal Engine, moderately than its proprietary REDengine, which powered earlier Witcher video games and Cyberpunk 2077.
“We’re joyful to announce that the following installment in The Witcher sequence of video video games is presently in growth, kicking off a brand new saga for the franchise,” it stated.
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“That is an thrilling second as we’re transferring from REDengine to Unreal Engine 5, starting a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Video games. It covers not solely licensing, however technical growth of Unreal Engine 5, in addition to potential future variations of Unreal Engine, the place related.
“We’ll carefully collaborate with Epic Video games’ builders with the first objective being to assist tailor the engine for open-world experiences.”
CD Projekt stated its strategic partnership with Epic has been agreed for a 15-year interval with an choice to increase.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney stated of the deal: “Epic has been constructing Unreal Engine 5 to allow groups to create dynamic open worlds at an unprecedented scale and degree of constancy. We’re deeply honored by the chance to companion with CD Projekt Crimson to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling and gameplay collectively, and this effort will profit the developer group for years to return.”
CD Projekt stated in March 2020 that its subsequent recreation after Cyberpunk 2077 can be a single-player title set in The Witcher universe. A launch timeframe for the brand new Witcher recreation hasn’t been introduced.
The sport is being directed by Jason Slama, who was a senior UI programmer on Witcher 3 and recreation director on card-game Gwent. He additionally beforehand served as CD Projekt Crimson’s director of reside operations.
CD Projekt plans to launch an up to date model of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt within the second quarter of 2022.
The brand new-gen version of Witcher 3, which is being developed externally by Saber Interactive, will embrace DLC gadgets impressed by the Netflix sequence.
It will likely be launched as a standalone buy for PC, Xbox Sequence X/S and PS5, and as a free replace for gamers who already personal the sport on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
The acclaimed RPG celebrated its fifth birthday in Might 2020 and has bought over 30 million copies.
Talking in September 2020, CD Projekt president Adam Kiciński stated he hoped the new-gen model of Wild Hunt would considerably lengthen the lifecycle of the sport.
“The Witcher 3 remains to be promoting nice and we imagine that having it up to date on par with the newest video games—or the video games that will probably be launched—is a good benefit when it comes to gross sales over the following who is aware of what number of years – 5? 4? So, in the long run will probably be a significant addition to our again catalogue.”