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The move to Unreal Engine 5 will make Next Witcher’s development smoother, but not necessarily faster; Witcher 3 next-gen delay resolved

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CD Projekt discussed the upcoming move to Unreal Engine 5 for the next Witcher game, in addition to the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

During CD Projekt’s financial conference for investors and analysts, the company’s executives discussed the upcoming move to Unreal Engine 5 for the next Witcher game, in addition to the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

During the livestream, CEO Adam Kiciński answered a specific question about whether moving to Unreal Engine 5 would speed up development. He mentioned that Epic’s engine is proven technology, so production should be smoother, but not necessarily faster. Although it’s hard to say now, the developer expects processes to be better controlled and more focused on the creative side.

However, we should keep in mind that the deal will require development on the part of CD Projekt as well as specialists in open world RPGs collaborating with Epic in some areas of technology to make it perfect for this type of game.

According to CD Projekt’s expertise, Unreal Engine 5 is perfect for running open-world games and the developer believes it can help make them even better.

Additionally, there are many more developers who specialize in the Unreal Engine than developers who have experience with the Red Engine. Therefore, CD Projekt sees the move to the new engine as an opportunity to grow its teams by hiring more experienced developers.

CD Projekt’s executive team also clarified that the press’ “insinuations” that the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in development hell or that it has been long delayed are inaccurate. All the developer is saying is that they’ve taken development back in-house and assessing the release date will require a bit of internal investigation. “Nobody” says it’s going to be delayed or that they expect a “monumental time gap” for release.

Incidentally, the reason given for the decision to bring development back in-house was “recommendations from the developers responsible for the project”.

When asked how many developers it would take to complete development of the next-gen version of the game, Kiciński replied “not many,” mentioning that it will be a team of around 15.

If you want to learn more, you can read our dedicated article on CD Projekt’s financial results, including an update on sales for both Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher franchises.

https://twinfinite.net/2022/04/next-witcher-development-unreal-engine-5-smoother-delay/ The move to Unreal Engine 5 will make Next Witcher’s development smoother, but not necessarily faster; Witcher 3 next-gen delay resolved

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