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Witcher dev reveals next-gen 'RedEngine 3'

New internal tech to power vast open-world RPGs ahead of expected Witcher 3 reveal

The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red has revealed its 'next-generation-ready' tech, dubbed RedEngine 3.

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This comes just days ahead of what is widely expected to be the reveal of The Witcher 3 on February 5 - as the developer teased with a hidden message in a recent Cyberpunk 2077 trailer.

The new tech, developed in-house at CDPR, is built to deliver "RPGs set in vast open-worlds with improved tools for spanning truly nonlinear stories that are based on real player choices and consequences".

"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. 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," said CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski

The engine - teased in a screenshot pictured right - promises to let players roam huge worlds without load times, and will power the studio's futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077.

Billed as a "next-gen ready solution", CDPR says the new engine will "begin to blur the line between pre-rendered CGI movies and real time rendered graphics".

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