CD Projekt Red has officially announced it’s making a new game set in the Witcher universe, and that it will act as the beginning of a “new saga” for the series. Which is likely code for “will not star original protagonist Geralt of Rivera.”
The news came as part of a post on the official website, which says the team will be moving away from its in-house engine REDengine and will develop the new game with Unreal Engine 5. This is part of a “strategic partnership” with Epic Games, that will cover licensing and technical development of Unreal Engine 5, “as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine.” This is all in service of helping to tailor the engine for open-world games. You know, like The Witcher. This does raise questions of if this new Witcher game will be tied to some kind of exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store on PC, but I imagine we won’t hear any concrete news on that until the game is closer to release. And that might not be for a while, as the team says it has “no further details regarding the game — such as a development time frame or release date” to announce at right now. In the meantime, the studio is looking to hire developers for the project.
The team will still be using REDengine for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion.
The last Witcher game was 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but CD Projekt Red made a deal with the author of the Witcher books Andrzej Sapkowski to create more content in the series’ universe. So this announcement feels like a proper acknowledgment of something the team has pretty much established at this point.