CD PROJEKT RED, the developer of the Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, has announced that they have begun work on the next chapter of the Witcher Saga. This will seemingly take place in the same world as the previous games, but will follow a new main character. The press release discusses their new partnership with Epic Games, and the future of the company.
As part of their multi-year strategic cooperation with Epic Games, CD PROJEKT RED has recently revealed that they will be switching to Unreal Engine 5. CD PROJEKT RED has been using its proprietary REDengine technology to create games since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was launched in 2011. This new partnership with Epic includes not only licensing, but also technical development of Unreal Engine 5 and, when applicable, possibly future versions of Unreal Engine. Beginning with the production of the next game in The Witcher franchise, CD PROJEKT RED and Epic will collaborate with the primary purpose of helping to tailor the engine for open-world experiences.
If you’re worried that the new Witcher game will end up as an Epic exclusive, you can stop your worry. The official Witcher Twitter account responded to a comment on this and said that the game will not be exclusive to one storefront.
While it looks like this will be the future for CD PROJEKT RED, they also announced that they will continue to use REDengine technology to develop the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion.
Keep in mind that this is the announcement that they are beginning development on the next game. The release date is likely very far in the future, but at least we know it is being worked on!