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CD Projekt Shows its REDengine 3

​CD Projekt has sent over a press release, giving us a detailed description of their new engine, REDengine 3, which they are utilizing to power their latest games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and reportedly The Witcher 3 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 (single-player only).

Okay, I admit it, I made the last one up. The first two are legit though.

REDengine 3 is third version of of CD Projekt RED’s in-house tech, created specifically for open-world RPGs. It offers "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. 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.” - said Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio.

Check out the screenshot here.

Here's more info:

The REDengine 3 tech is tailor-made to create non-linear and story-driven RPGs with a system that allows to stream and handle fully explorable open-worlds. Cyberpunk 2077, the second project the studio is working on, will have prime examples demonstrating that REDengine 3 is the perfect tool for creating immense universes filled with exciting, nonlinear adventures. The advanced technology of the REDengine 3 makes RPGs comparable to top-shelf shooters, both in terms of game-world presentation and the epic proportions of events that the player is drawn into. The engine 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. All the state-of-the-art visuals form a living ecosystem allowing the player to be a part of a vivid environment. The new face and body-animation systems implemented in REDengine 3 offer realistic expression of emotions, movie-quality scenes and character interactions.

The technology uses high-dynamic-range rendering with 64-bit precision that ensures superior picture quality with more realistic and precise lighting without losses derived from reduced contrast ratio. A flexible renderer prepared for deferred or forward+ rendering pipelines has a wide array of cinematic post-processing effects, including bokeh depth-of-field, color grading and flares from many lights. A high-performance terrain system allows multiple material layers to be efficiently blended and uses tessellation for the best possible detail. The technology also includes seamless blending between animations and physics along with many more features. The engine uses CD Projekt RED’s new version of its proprietary REDkit editor with tools made specifically for RPG game creation. The editor can build complex, branching quests and set them in a free roaming environment with a simplicity not achieved by similar toolsets.

Remember, CD Projekt also released a cool cinematic for Cyberpunk 2077.

As for The Witcher 3, well, we still don't have a lot to go on. Apart from the tiny teaser we had recently.

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Reader Comments
Rick_Hunter Feb 01 2013, 03:59 pm EST
"Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3" you almost gave me a heart attack with that one ... :(
  Vader: Sorry, I may have gone overboard. Just couldn't r…
Reikhardt Feb 01 2013, 04:07 pm EST
Yeah Vader you bastard. I knew as soon as I read it it was bollocks but still.....
Marku5K Feb 01 2013, 04:22 pm EST
CD Project RED is just too fucking awesome...damn!
Terminator Feb 01 2013, 04:40 pm EST
Damn you Vader! For one second, you got my hopes up for KOTOR 3.

Anyway, I love CD Projekt. Will enjoy playing Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 :)
  Marku5K: I really need to finish Witcher 2. I've had it on my …
Terminator: Are you serious? Dude, you need to get back to that g…
Vader: Yeah, you need the get back that game pronto and then…
Bubu Feb 02 2013, 12:45 am EST
The persistent open world worries me a bit. I mean in the first two games each chapter brought a different zone or added something new to the existing ones. With this new direction we'll get the same bloody map for all the chapters. Unless they make an individual persistent huge map for each chapter. Anyway Gothic was and still is the only one that pulled off persistent open world.
  Terminator: It makes me nervous, but I have faith in CD Projekt. …
Doomsday. Feb 02 2013, 01:43 am EST
my balls jumped up my socket when i read sw: kotor 3!! Vader u.. u ..... something something!!
  Vader: Don't you something something me!
run_like_snot Feb 02 2013, 05:05 am EST
Vader, I for one will not criticise you for your choice of ploy. You allowed a ray of sunshine to penetrate the darkness we all feel inside, if only for an instant. You are, truly, a good man.
  Vader: Finally, someone who sees the light :D
LostPcGamer Feb 02 2013, 08:10 am EST
All they have to do is bundle all the story content from TOR sell if for $50 and call it KOTR 3. Instant profit.
  Reikhardt: I'd buy that.
Sword Fight Feb 03 2013, 09:08 am EST
I miss the olden days of the internet when we got linked to nice big jpgs without any other shit.


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