CD Projekt RED confirms new Witcher game is in development

Witcher New Saga
Witcher New Saga (Image credit: CD Projekt RED)

What you need to know

  • CD Projekt RED is officially working on the next Witcher game.
  • The game is being developed using Unreal Engine 5, instead of CD Projekt RED's proprietary RedEngine.
  • There's no release window or further details at this time.
  • CD Projekt RED faced widespread criticism over the poor state of Cyberpunk 2077 at release.

CD Projekt RED announced on Monday that the team is officially working on a new Witcher game. The announcement consists of a single image: A Witcher medallion half-buried in snow, with the words "A new saga begins."

Most notably, the game won't be developed using CD Projekt RED's RedEngine, which powered prior games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077. Instead, CD Projekt RED is opting to use Unreal Engine 5 for this new Witcher game, working closely with Epic Games in the process.

"Epic has been building Unreal Engine 5 to enable teams to create dynamic open worlds at an unprecedented scale and level of fidelity," said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. "We are deeply honored by the opportunity to partner with CD PROJEKT RED to push the limits of interactive storytelling and gameplay together, and this effort will benefit the developer community for years to come."

CD Projekt RED noted that the RedEngine will still be used in other projects, such as the upcoming expansion for Cyberpunk 2077. While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was critically acclaimed, Cyberpunk 2077 was widely criticized at launch, with extremely poor performance and criticism of stereotypical depictions of various characters. Cyberpunk 2077 was recently relaunched for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 through a free upgrade patch.

A current-generation update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is also currently in development, though there's no release date as it stands right now.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

10 Comments
  • Oh yeah! Trying not to get too hyped... At the same time cyberpunk turned out to be great after the patches.
  • Agreed. Those patches were a long time coming though, and even if interest has been somewhat revitalized, the state of Cyberpunk at launch ensured forever that it won't have the legs CDPR wanted. They've got to get this game right.
  • Yeah, it is such a shame that greed and stupid decisions made by people who probably did not receive and will never receive any consequences for killing a great game. It is such a waste, not only of the game, but of reputation. It did still sell well, but of course it would have sold much more and is probably forever tainted.
  • Darn it. I need to actually go back and finish The Witcher III. I'm excited to see what comes out of it! If they're dropping their existing engine, that's a LOT of fresh development and Unreal Engine changes they're going to need to make to build up the RPG systems.
  • Witcher 3 is definitely worth finishing! And yeah, I'm honestly surprised they're abandoning their proprietary tech but after Cyberpunk's development, it might be for the best. Certainly an argument to be made this is now the biggest game being developed with Unreal Engine 5.
  • That's the game I've spent the most time playing ever. I have like random 300 hours including all the dlc.
  • RDR2 takes that title for me, but I certainly did put at least 150 hours in I am sure. I did around 110 for Cyberpunk and that felt much shorter.
  • The elden ring killer
  • They might want to finish developing their last game first.
  • Have you tried it after the patches? It is a great game.