What would be Cyberpunk 2077 like it was released in an alternate universe where CD Projekt RED developed the game using the most advanced video game engine available?
Cyberpunk 2077 was developed in CDPR’s proprietary RED engine, the same engine the studio used to create The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It is certainly not to be sniffed at, because both Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 are beautiful as they are – but Unreal Engine 5 hits differently.
The demo, which you can see below, is a really pretty amazing display of what Unreal Engine 5 can do, and shows an all too enticing match of what a sequel is all about. Cyberpunk 2077 could look like next-gen consoles years from now.
During a recent State of Unreal stream, CDPR Technical Director Paweł Zawodny explained the thinking behind the engine change for the new game. our focus on Unreal Engine 5,” he said.
“This opens up a new chapter for us where we really want to see how our experience in making open-world games combines with all of Epic’s engineering power,” Zawodny continued. He added that CDPR and Epic will work together to “achieve something amazing in the end.”
CDPR Art Director Jakub Knapik also commented that Unreal Engine 5 is already quite feature-rich, thanks to contributions from other developers.
“The fact that Unreal is already used by many teams around the world, there are a lot of perspectives thrown into the design of the tools and that helps the tool to be much more agile,” he said.
Next game director Jason Slama also highlighted the importance of having a reliable and stable engine, especially when making an open-world game.
“One of the things that’s really important to keep in mind when talking about open-world games versus, say, linear games, is the possibilities that things can go wrong or that the scenarios you have to consider are exponentially higher than linear games,” he explained.
“Players can go whichever direction they want, they can run content in any order they want theoretically, and to really sum it up that means you need a really stable environment where you can bring changes with a high level of confidence that he’s not going to crumble in 1,600 other places down the line.”