The Witcher 4 Gets Development Update From CD Projekt RED
As announced back in March, CD Projekt RED is now officially underway on the next Witcher game saga, following up the monster-and-coin exploits of Geralt of Rivia from the wildly popular The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While little is yet known about the sprawling new fantasy RPG, CDPR has begun a slow trickle of information about the development of The Witcher 4, with the latest being spilled during the Poland-based company’s latest financial earnings report.
CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski briefly touched upon the development of the studio’s fourth Witcher game, which is said to have begun pre-production in Q1 2022 after kicking off its “initial research phase” sometime last year. In Kicinski’s words, CDPR is currently “capitalizing development expenditures” as it progresses through the game’s “first stage of development.” Right now, “over a hundred” developers are confirmed to be working on The Witcher 4 and are said to be “really happy with the progress” so far.
As said in the game’s formal announcement, The Witcher 4 is being made in cooperation with Epic Games as CD Projekt retires its aging REDengine for Epic’s new-gen Unreal Engine 5. Kicinski made mention of the “strategic, long-term partnership” during its financial call, noting the engine’s efficiency during the “early stages” of the developer’s next “powerful open-world RPGs.” Additionally, CDPR confirmed they were “working with Epic’s programmers” to ensure UE5 is “properly tuned and scaleable” to the studio’s needs.
Right now, The Witcher 4 may only be in its infancy, but the idea that the project is a reality is sure to be exciting for fans, especially as The Witcher 3 continues to be one of the most celebrated RPGs in recent memory. Of course, while the broken launch woes of Cyberpunk 2077 may have tarnished the studio’s reputation, it appears CDPR is taking a more slow-and-steady approach to its future endeavors, which includes a Cyberpunk 2077 story expansion, a Cyberpunk anime adaptation, as well as the next-gen update for The Witcher 3.
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