A new game The Witcher has been announced
We already knew that the Polish CD Project RED was preparing a new Witcher, and now it has finally been confirmed that it will be a "new saga". So, the first of the next few The Witcher games are in development. And it's not about card titles, it's about big, high-budget RPG titles.
The first image shows a witcher medallion in the snow. At first look, this does not appear to be Geralt's medallion, which could indicate that Geralt will not be the main protagonist in the new game. And as for the snow - maybe the games will be set after White Frost?
The CD Project confirmed at this time that with the next Witcher game, they will be changing the way they make games. Namely, they have entered into a strategic partnership with Epic Games and will use their Unreal Engine 5 to develop the next Witcher. This is also a confirmation that a new game is being developed for the current generation of hardware.
This is a huge change for CD Project and their games, as they have been using their RED Engine since The Witcher 2. This brought the Witcher series some very impressive visuals in its time, but it also proved to be a kind of weight for the CD Project RED as we saw in the example of Cyberpunk 2077. As the RED Engine was developed primarily for Witcher games, Cyberpunk 2077 proved to be challenging for developers.
The move to Unreal Engine 5 is probably a long-term solution for the CD Project, and it's not an ordinary move either because they managed to agree on special terms with Epic Games. Namely, CD Projekt with Epica should adapt Unreal Engine 5 for open games, so it will not be just renting an engine.
Only one question is currently “up in the air”: given the partnership between CD Project and Epic, what are the chances that the next The Witcher won’t come to Steam? If the CD Project response on Twitter is to be believed, they have no plan to make the game exclusive to the Epic Games Store. But that is also not a direct answer because it is not a question of whether the game will be exclusive - it will certainly be launched at GOG as well. The only question is whether they will launch it on Steam as well.
https://t.co/XtbfqscMWr pic.twitter.com/eK6ZIbfLRa— The Witcher (@witchergame) March 21, 2022