As part of new financial figures, CD Projekt Red has also given a small update on the next The Witcher game based on Unreal Engine 5. The “research” phase has now been completed and it is in pre-production.
On the occasion of new financial figures, CD Projekt Red also commented on the status of The Witcher “4”. This makes it clear that the title based on Unreal Engine 5 has completed the research phase. At CDPR, that means the next Witcher game is now in pre-production.
Increasing proportion of Witcher 4 developers
Adam Kiciński, CDPR CEO, said they were “very eager” to re-explore the universe that has shaped the company’s history so much. With the transition to pre-production, all further development expenses are capitalized on the balance sheet. In March 2022, work on a new The Witcher game was confirmed for the first time. The preliminary work has now been completed.
CDPR has not specifically confirmed how many developers are now busy in pre-production for The Witcher “4”. However, a presentation shows how the employed developers are distributed across different projects. According to LinkedIn, CDPR currently has around 900 developers. The graphic only shows the relative distribution of developers, so it is not clear if and how the absolute number of developers varies. Nevertheless, it can be seen that between 06/30/21 and 12/31/21 about 14 percent of the workforce worked on “other projects, including the new Witcher brand”. As of April 2022, it is now around 18 percent of the workforce. So it should be relatively certain that more than 100 developers are already working on The Witcher 4. For comparison: a good half of the developers are working on the expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 announced for 2023.
There is an interesting wording in the financial figures that have now been published. It can be read that the studio is “working on further expansions of the The Witcher video game series”. The Witcher “4” and The Witcher 3 Next-Gen are known so far. With the choice of words, there could be other projects that have not yet been announced – for example the title that the acquired developer The Molasses Flood is currently working on. So far it is only known that the Unreal Engine 4 is used as a basis and that it is an “ambitious and exciting new project”.
It is not yet known how many developers at CD Projekt Red are working on Unreal Engine 5. Cyberpunk 2077’s own RED engine is still being used, but the “close strategic partnership” with Epic Games is a top priority for CDPR. The Witcher 4 will be the first game to feature the UE5 and will be pioneering for subsequent games as the Epic engine is jointly evolved towards the open world and quest system.
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