News | Pre-production of new The Witcher game has started

CD Projekt Red has officially started pre-production on the new The Witcher game.

Chief financial officer Piotr Nielubowicz announced this. “We recently completed the research phase, which means the project is now in pre-production, so we’ve started allocating development costs to the new game.”

Nielubowicz did not provide more details. CD Projekt Red announced earlier this year that it is working on an all-new game in the The Witcher franchise. It is only known that the game does not run on the usual RedEngine, but on Unreal Engine 5.

The setting and main character of the new The Witcher game are unknown. CD Projekt Red has always said that the Geralt of Rivia story is over, leading many to assume that players in the new The Witcher game control a different character. The developer also said that the new game is a “new saga”.

News | CD Projekt Red Announces New The Witcher Game

CD Projekt Red is working on a new game in the The Witcher franchise. The game will run on Unreal Engine 5.

The company has disclosed this on its official website. The Polish studio already has three The Witcher games to its name – including the successful The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It also has a spin-off around Gwent, the card game from The Witcher 3, made.

“We’re pleased to announce that the next installment in The Witcher game series is currently in development and is a new saga for the franchise.” What is meant by the latter is unknown, but previously CD Projekt explicitly stated that it only had plans for a trilogy around Geralt of Rivia. The new game may therefore revolve around a different main character, although this has not yet been confirmed. The artwork below that shows a new medallion also seems to hint at that.

Furthermore, CD Projekt Red says it is working closely with Epic Games , even a multi-year strategic partnership has been signed. The new The Witcher game will therefore not run on the usual REDengine, but on Unreal Engine 5. This does not mean that the game will be released exclusively on PC on Epic Games Store: the developer has announced via social media that the game is not exclusive. will appear on one digital store.

There are no further details yet. The company also couldn’t say how far the game is in development or when the game should be released. CD Projekt Red did report that the REDengine is still being used for the development of an upcoming expansion to Cyberpunk 2077. In 2020, the company already announced that it would start on a new The Witcher game shortly after the release of Cyberpunk 2077.

News | Next-gen update The Witcher 3 will be released in the second half of this year

The next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released sometime in the second half of this year.

CD Projekt Red, the developer of the game, announced this via a spokesperson on Twitter. The update should improve the appearance and run of the game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. The update will be available as a complete game on the new consoles and PC, as well as a free download for owners of the original game.

It was previously announced that the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 will receive “several visual and technical enhancements,” including ray tracing and faster loading times. These improvements apply to both the main game and the released expansions. There are no more details yet.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is Polish developer CD Projekt Red’s most acclaimed game. At the end of last year, the studio released Cyberpunk 2077. The game sold well around launch, but was also under fire due to many bugs present. A new patch for that game was released earlier this week that fixes hundreds of issues. A next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077 has also been promised by the developer.