The Witcher 4 – release date speculation and Unreal Engine 5 details

The Witcher 4 has been confirmed by CD Projekt RED as is in development, only this time it will be using Unreal Engine 5 as part of a deal with Epic Games

Want to know about the The Witcher 4? CD Project RED confirmed the existence of a new game in The Witcher series via a press release in March 2022. While the studio has already said that this game is not going to be literally The Witcher 4, we’re going to call it that for now for lack of a better, more official term.

Your first question is likely to be ‘when is The Witcher 4 coming out?’ Sadly CDPR has already thought of that – part of the announcement stated “beyond this initial confirmation of a new saga in The Witcher franchise, no further details — such as a development time frame or release date — were provided.” Curses.

We do have some exciting nuggets of info to quench your thirst in the meantime, however. Below you’ll find everything we know about The Witcher 4.

The Witcher 4 release date speculation

At the time of writing there is no confirmed release date for the new Witcher game. Given how long it took Cyberpunk 2077 to release, we could be waiting a while. Our best guess is that we’ll have to wait until 2025 at the earliest.

The Witcher's wolf amulet is half covered in snow in the teaser image for the Witcher 4

The Witcher 4 Unreal Engine 5

CD Projeckt RED’s press release also announced that the new The Witcher game will use Unreal Engine 5, instead of the studio’s own proprietary REDengine – which is what it’s used for all past games until now.

This is part of a “multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games,” which includes helping Epic “tailor the engine for open-world experiences, beginning with the development of the next game in The Witcher franchise.”

Make of that what you will, although it doesn’t seem to indicate The Witcher 4 will be an Epic Games Store exclusive, as confirmed by this tweet:

The Witcher 4 news

Other than confirming the medallion in the teaser is indeed meant to bea Lynx, as a nod to the School of the Lynx, before this announcement all we really had was a business strategy report from 2021. The studio revealed plans to start “parallel triple A development” in 2022, which will focus on their “two core franchises” – namely, The Witcher and Cyberpunk.

In the report, SVP of business development Michał Nowakowski explains “We’ll wait until much closer to our game’s launch before we start showing things like trailers, demos, or going in depth about mechanics”.

Previously, CD Projekt Red revealed that they plan to integrate “online experiences” into the next Witcher game, though joint CEO Adam Kiciński is clear that the studio’s focus on making “single-player, story-driven triple-A RPGs” isn’t changing, and that the online technology they’re currently developing will be “seamlessly integrated”.

There isn’t much more The Witcher 4 news to go on, but let’s focus on the positives. Despite what we were told even before the game released, we may not have seen the end of The Witcher 3’s protagonist, Geralt. “We are not killing the world and walking away from it,” Iwinski said to Polygon during a 2013 tech demo, “but we will definitely want to make this game the finale in a big way.” Tantalisingly, he added: “we might even include Geralt in later games, potentially.” Any more of the White Wolf is a win in our book.

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That’s everything we know about The Witcher 4 and the new Witcher games’ release date. While you wait, you can check out some other great RPG games available other than The Witcher III.