During CD Projekt’s call to investors and analysts, company executives talked about the upcoming move to Unreal Engine 5 for the next Witcher game, as well as the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
CEO Adam Kiczynski answered a specific question during a live stream about whether moving to Unreal Engine 5 will speed up development. He noted that the Epic engine is a proven technology, so production should be smoother, but not necessarily fast. While it’s hard to tell right now, the developer expects processes to be better controlled and more focused on the creative side.
That being said, keep in mind that the deal requires development from CD Projekt, as well as open-world RPG specialists working alongside Epic on some areas of technology to make it ideal for this kind of game. According to CD Projekt’s experience, Unreal Engine 5 is quite suitable for running open world games, and the developer believes he can help make it even better.
In addition, there are many more Unreal Engine developers than Red Engine developers, so CD Projekt sees the move to the new engine as an opportunity to expand its team by hiring more experienced developers.