Projekt Red doubles the bet developing it with Unreal Ungine 5

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It is clear that CD Projekt Red wants to leave behind the bittersweet taste of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, and there is an unequivocal way to do it: by announcing a new ‘The Witcher’. His critically acclaimed open-world game series based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels is underway againand with a surprise to kick off: it is being developed with Unreal Engine 5, and not under its proprietary engine, the REDengine.

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With this, CD Projekt Red starts what it calls a “strategic alliance” with Epic Games, creators of Unreal Engine. According to the Polish study, this new game of ‘The Witcher’ is not a mere fourth part, but the beginning of a new saga for the franchise, and from the looks of it, also a turning point from a technical perspective. Since 2011’s ‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’, CD Projekt Red has been continuously using its own engine in all its games.

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According to CD Project Red, this relationship with Epic encompasses not only the licensing of the brand new engine, but also “the technical development of Unreal Engine 5as well as potential future versions of the Unreal Engine.” The collaboration therefore goes beyond employment in a single game, and “the main goal is to help adapt the engine to open-world experiences, starting with development of the next game in The Witcher franchise.

Regarding the coexistence of RED and Unreal, Paweł Zawodny, CTO of CD Projekt Red, says that “one of the central aspects of the internal transformation of RED 2.0 is to give a much stronger focus to technology, and our cooperation with Epic “Games is built on this principle. From the beginning, we didn’t envision a typical licensing agreement; both we and Epic see this as a long-term technology partnership.”

It also clarifies that “in the past we spend a lot of resources and energy to evolve and adapt REDengine with each game release. This cooperation with Epic is very exciting, because it will increase the predictability and efficiency of development, while giving us access to state-of-the-art game development tools.” For now, the studio confirms that the expansions in preparation for ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ yes they will continue to be done with REDEgine.

It is clear that CD Projekt Red wants to leave behind the bittersweet taste of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, and there is…

It is clear that CD Projekt Red wants to leave behind the bittersweet taste of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, and there is…

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