CD Project RED, the polish studio in charge of the Witcher series, has revealed its new in-house tech, REDengine 3, which has been made with “vast open worlds” and “truly non-linear stories” in mind. While the REDengine will run alongside the Witcher series, the latest version will first power Cyberpunk, a new RPG based on the 80’s tabletop game of the same name. Although still not announced, it can be assumed that Witcher 3 will also benefit from he new engine.
“If we look at RPGs nowadays we find two approaches, one which emphasizes the story but limits the game world, and one that builds a vast, open world but hampers and simplifies the story,” says CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski.
“With the REDengine 3 we combine the positive aspects of both approaches for the first time, creating an open environment with a complex, multi-thread story”
CD Project RED claims that their new tech is so powerful that they can create RPG’s that can compete with ‘top shelf shooters’ when it comes to presentation but without sacrificing the size of their open world environment. The engine also boasts 64-bit HDR rendering, a new face and body animation system, a range of post-processing effects and high-performance terrain generation.
“Together with believable characters, a captivating tale and a world where players can roam freely without loading times, we will be able to move gaming to a new level with a realistic feel and full player immersion,” continues Badowski.
“When working on our previous titles, I didn’t dream that we would achieve something like this. Thanks to the support of all our fans, now we have the possibility to use REDengine 3 and create something many RPG fans dream of.”