CD Projekt Red has officially announced that they are currently developing a new installment of the main series for “The Witcher” franchise with one major change. The studio is not using its proprietary REDengine and has officially switched to Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, establishing a new partnership between the two companies. But CD Projekt has since clarified that this doesn’t mean the upcoming game will also be sold exclusively on the Epic Games Store.
Upcoming ‘The Witcher’ game starts ‘a new saga’ and won’t use REDengine
When CD Projekt announced the upcoming “The Witcher” game, the company also released a statement, saying it was part of a long-term partnership with Epic. Some gamers later translated this into putting the PC version of the game exclusively on the Epic Games Store.
However, CD Projekt immediately put an end to these assumptions. In one Tweeter on the official “The Witcher” page, the developer said “there are no plans” to sell the game on a single digital store. CD Projekt Red’s Global PR Manager Radek Grabowski doubled down on this clarificationclaiming that the exclusive was not part of the announcement.
This implies that the long-term strategy with Epic is primarily about the upcoming title “The Witcher” being developed on the Unreal Engine. Other gamers also found the assumptions absurd, noting that CD Projekt owns a digital PC store, GOG.
While it’s tempting to call the project “The Witcher 4,” Grabowski also clarified that such a title wasn’t part of the announcement. The developer hasn’t specifically said what that means yet, but the careful language around the game’s title strongly suggests it won’t be a sequel to “Wild Hunt.” This should come as no surprise since CD Projekt has announced that the next game will mark the start of a “new saga” for the franchise.
New ‘The Witcher’ Could Focus On Ciri
The subject of the next “The Witcher” is still unclear. But the official statement is accompanied by promotional artwork that might give avid fans some clues.
The image mainly features a cat medallion covered in snow. Recall that part of Ciri’s story in “The Witcher” took said locket from the bounty hunter named Leo Bonhart. This may hint that Ciri will become the main protagonist of the upcoming game.