The Witcher Remake should differ significantly from the original beyond improved visuals, according to a new slide deck that CD PROJEKT Group released today that can confirm the modern reimagining inspired by Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novel series will be a “story-driven, single-player open-world RPG.”
The original Witcher, which CD PROJEKT RED released in 2007 to positive reviews, isn’t an open-world game, and it wasn’t until The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that the developer decided to test whether the franchise might work as an open-world experience.
CD PROJEKT RED announced that it was working on a remake of The Witcher on October 26, explaining how the new title was being rebuilt from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5 by a separate studio:
The game is currently in the early stages of development at the Polish studio Fool’s Theory, where veteran Witcher series staff are involved. We, as CD PROJEKT RED, are providing full creative supervision.
The Witcher Remake is what you might know by the codename “Canis Majoris”. It’s still early and we want to ensure that the game is created with the utmost care and attention to detail, therefore, while we’re excited to share the news with you, we want to ask you for patience as it will be a while until we start talking about this project in detail.
“The Witcher is where it all started for us, for CD PROJEKT RED. It was the first game we made, ever, and it was a big moment for us then. Going back to this place and remaking the game for the next generation of gamers to experience it feels just as big, if not bigger,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED.
“Collaborating with Fool’s Theory on the project is just as exciting, as some of the people there have been previously involved in The Witcher games. They know the source material well, they know how much gamers have been looking forward to seeing the remake happen, and they know how to make incredible and ambitious games. And although it will take some time before we’re ready to share more about and from the game, I know it’ll be worth the wait.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s next-gen update will be released on December 14, 2022.