CD Projekt Red has announced a long term partnership with Epic Games where they will use Unreal Engine 5 to create the next Witcher game. We All Call It Witcher 4 Even Though They Said It do not Witcher 4, and seems to leave Geralt and concern a new school.
But one thing that CDPR made clear with that announcement was that Cyberpunk 2077 would stay on its current RED engine, even if it gets new DLC in 2023. That’s, of course, pretty obvious, because you don’t just no “switching engines” for a game when a new DLC comes out, so if we see Cyberpunk in Unreal Engine 5, it will have to be for the next game.
Well, fans don’t want to wait that long.
Since anyone can do things in Unreal Engine 5, many fans have taken to trying to imagine what Cyberpunk 2077, its characters and Night City would like to look like Unreal Engine 5. And the result is quite fantastic, as seen in the video compilation below, which features the work of several artists mentioned in the description:
The aging REDengine is certainly to blame for at least some of Cyberpunk 2077’s problems, although when running smoothly, bug-free and on a high-end PC, Cyberpunk can still be an extremely beautiful game.
But obviously Unreal Engine 5 would open up entirely new worlds of what Cyberpunk 2077 could use the more advanced and flexible engine. As seen in this video, this can range from more detailed cityscapes to more realistic facial animation on characters.
We’ve already seen some level of “upgrades” thanks to the Cyberpunk 2077 modding community, which CDPR has embraced through both tools, and even hiring some of the best modders to work in the company.
As for when we might officially see a Cyberpunk 2078 at CDPR, that remains to be seen. We don’t even have a release window for the new Witcher game yet, but it’s unlikely to be here until 2024, I guess, at the earliest. Even though CDPR says they are simultaneously working on these series now, maybe what, 2026-2027 is for a new Cyberpunk? It’s pretty far. However, given that the game will soon cross 20 million in sales and they’ve tapped into a love for the IP, I definitely think a sequel will happen in order to try and fix the mistakes of the first game and restore both series and CDPRs. reputation. It’s just going to take a long time, but I think it will be in Unreal Engine 5 when it finally arrives.