Well, it’s the worst kept secret on the planet but it’s exciting nonetheless to learn that CD Projekt Red has confirmed that development has indeed begun on the next title in “The Witcher” franchise.
The fourth entry in the beloved franchise will be following in some pretty epic footsteps as 2015’s multi Game of the Year award winner “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt” is often referred to as one of, if not “the” best game ever made.
CD Projekt Red said in a social media statement “We’re happy to announce that the next instalment in The Witcher series of video games is currently in development, kicking off a new saga for the franchise.”
In an interesting yet exciting move, the company won’t be using their famed “REDengine” which was used to build Cyberpunk 2077 and instead will rely on the more universally used “Unreal Engine 5”, this also is the beginning of a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games that will cover not only licensing but also technical development of Unreal Engine 5, as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine, where relevant.
Good News for Witcher Fans
This is really good news for both companies but mainly for us as gamers as it will allow CD Project Red to really concentrate on the amazing storytelling that the company is famous for without being plagued by technical issues which I’m sure paid their toll on the company after the release of Cyberpunk 2077. A game that I am still a massive fan of even though on my first run through prior to the latest patch I had multiple issues including game-breaking crashes that became frustrating. It’s lucky the game was so great I could see past that.
It’s important to note that REDengine will still be used for the upcoming expansion of Cyberpunk 2077
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has just been verified for compatibility with the latest handheld console/PC from Valve called the Steam Deck.
You can also play the game on PC, Stadia and every major console including the Nintendo Switch where the portability is really impressive.
It will be interesting to see where and when the new title takes place. and if it will follow the tragic path of the books. Will Geralt be the focus or will the team see Ciri as the lead now as the most powerful character in the game? These are the questions that will be answered as we get closer to the game’s release but it’s going to be a long wait and a lot of speculation in between.