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CD Projekt debuts REDengine 3 with first screen ahead of rumoured Witcher 3 reveal

The Witcher 3 rumours continue as developer CD Projekt RED's unveils its new REDengine 3 technology. The tech has been designed with next-gen consoles and open-world RPG titles firmly in mind, and promises to bring a new level of realism to gaming.

Revealed via Develop, CD Projekt Red discussed its goals for REDengine 3 and how it will impact on the studio's development moving forward.

Speaking with the site, head of CD Projekt RED Adam Badowski, explained, “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.

"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. 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.”

Badowski's words could just hint at what form the open world of The Witcher 3 could take. The game is touted for a February 5th reveal, which we covered here. The following REDengine 3 tech demo screen was also revealed:

The engine also powers CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 and another title - all bets are on The Witcher 3. The studio hopes that the engine will help future RPGs compete with "top-shelf shooters", and is a "Next-gen ready solution that begins to blur the line between pre-rendered CGI movies and real time rendered graphics, bringing us closer to the most life-like world ever created in video games."

Excited yet? What do you make of the potential image above? Could it be from The Witcher 3? Let us know below.

Thanks OXM.

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