CD Projekt have right this moment introduced they’re formally engaged on the subsequent installment in The Witcher sequence. Whether this is The Witcher 4, although, we do not know – solely that it is going to be supposedly “kicking off a new saga for the franchise,” in keeping with a assertion on CD Projekt’s web site. It may also be kicking off a new enterprise into Unreal Engine 5, because the developer introduced they have been leaving their very own REDengine behind as they embark on a new, multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games.
Now, earlier than you begin elevating these pitchforks, CD Projekt have already confirmed via Twitter that this partnership won’t imply the subsequent Witcher game is unique to the Epic Games Store. “We aren’t planning on making the game unique to 1 storefront,” reads the tweet, which presumably means we’ll a minimum of see it seem on GOG along with Epic’s storefront.
The incontrovertible fact that it is being made in Unreal Engine 5, Epic’s shiny new video games engine, is about the one concrete truth now we have concerning the subsequent Witcher game proper now, with CD Projekt saying there are “no additional particulars relating to the game – similar to a improvement time-frame or launch date – can be found” at this level.
We’re in all probability nonetheless an one other open-world Witcher game, although, as CD Projekt stated their partnership with Epic will see them “carefully collaborate with Epic Games’ builders with the first objective being to assist tailor the engine for open-world experiences.”
The studio aren’t leaving their REDengine behind completely. They confirmed that the engine will nonetheless be used for the event of Cyberpunk 2077’s upcoming enlargement, for instance (and presumably another Cyberpunk-related DLC that comes after it). After that, although, it seems prefer it’s all Unreal, on a regular basis
Hopefully, the subsequent Witcher game will not endure the identical disastrous launch that Cyberpunk 2077 did, or take over a 12 months to get into a suitable state. The Witcher sequence has the added bonus of being a rather more acquainted kind of fantasy open-world RPG for the studio than Cyberpunk’s shiny metropolis of weapons and glossy neon automobiles, however eyebrows will little question be raised in any respect factors going ahead.
Still, I’m excited on the prospect of a new Witcher game. Maybe this would be the information I must lastly begin my full trilogy playthrough? Will no launch date in sight but, I would simply end by the point it comes out.