The studio behind The Witcher series of video games, CD Projekt RED, is returning to the universe for a new game. The Polish developer confirmed the news today in an official blog post, saying a "new saga from the franchise" is being kicked off.
Based on the book series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, CD Projekt RED's original The Witcher RPG released in 2007, with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings following it in 2011. Easily the most popular game in the series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, arrived in 2015. While a spin-off game, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, released in 2018, the studio has kept the series in the backburner (focusing on Cyberpunk 2077 and Gwent) since the trilogy's ending.
While no details regarding the game's setting were revealed today, the attached teaser image shows a medallion that's distinctly different from Geralt of Rivia's own one from the Wolf School. It's clear a new protagonist is incoming to begin this "new saga".
Interestingly, CD Projekt RED is leaving behind REDengine that has powered its RPGs till now to take up Unreal Engine 5. The studio will be receiving help from Epic Games in this endeavor, with it "beginning a multi-year strategic partnership" with the company.
"It covers not only licensing, but technical development of Unreal Engine 5, as well as potential future versions of Unreal Engine, where relevant," added the studio. "We’ll closely collaborate with Epic Games’ developers with the primary goal being to help tailor the engine for open-world experiences."
While this may sound like the future of The Witcher on PC will be Epic Games Store exclusive, the studio confirmed it is a technology partnership only and won't affect availability on other storefronts. The studio had no information on release windows, platforms, or current development status of the project either, so we may have to wait quite a while for more news to materialize.
CD Projekt RED is also developing an upgraded version of the game in partnership with Saber Interactive. Coming to PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5, this new version will carry upgraded graphics and other enhanced elements. Current owners of the game will receive it as a free upgrade too.