CD Projekt recently announced through their official Twitter account for The Witcher franchise there’s a new The Witcher instalment under development, which will be based on Unreal Engine 5. “We’re happy to announce that the next installment in The Witcher series of video games is currently in development, kicking off a new saga for the franchise”, the developer mentioned in its announcement.
— The Witcher (@witchergame) March 21, 2022
CD Projekt has also announced that it will be using Unreal Engine 5 for the next The Witcher game, moving away from its proprietary RED Engine. “This is an exciting moment as we’re moving from REDengine to Unreal Engine 5, beginning a multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games. It covers not only licensing, but technical development of Unreal Engine 5, as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine, where relevant. We’ll closely collaborate with Epic Games’ developers with the primary goal being to help tailor the engine for open-world experiences”.
However, the company also mentioned that the engine is still being used for the development of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion. RED Engine has been criticized for its bugs and laggy performance in Cyberpunk 2077. With the transition to Unreal Engine 5, CD Projekt will be working closely with Epic Games on the new installment. However, as of now, it is uncertain when this new installment will be released.
It is unlikely the new title will continue the story of Geralt of Rivia, as CD Projekt has described the new game as a “new saga.” The Witcher book series by Andrzej Sapkowski has been adapted into games by CD Projekt and even a television series by Netflix. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released in 2015 to universal acclaim, selling over 30 million copies, while The Witcher on Netflix has been renewed for a third season both after Season 1 and Season 2 were well-regarded by the audience.