CD Projekt RED announced today that they have a new version of their REDengine. Unsurprisingly titled REDengine3, the press release describes it as being created for, “RPGs set in vast, open worlds with improved tools for spanning truly non-linear stories that are based on real player choices and consequences.” Our colleagues over at RockPaperShotgun took this as an insinuation that this will be what’s powering the as-yet unannounced Witcher 3, and that makes a whole lot of sense given that description. CD Projekt has hinted at a possible Witcher 3 reveal in recent weeks.
For those who don’t know, The Witcher was one of the better computer RPGs to come out in the last decade, not least because it had an authentically Middle European late medieval vibe to it AND was largely disinterested in sanitizing the time period. The sequel (The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings) had better visuals and more soft-core nudity, but the game mechanics were (in my opinion) not as good. Still, a lot of people have been waiting for that sequel, and this might be an example of what we’ll be seeing.
Well, what we’ll be seeing if our PC gaming rigs can handle the strain. I might have to Xbox this one.