Missed out on fantasy action-RPG The Witcher the first time it was released? CD Projekt Red has announced that there’s a remake in the work.
We say “missed out”, but “gave up on it after a couple of hours” is also a valid option. The original The Witcher was a little rough round the edges, more so than its two sequels. But it was well worth persevering with and now it’s back in the form of an Unreal Engine 5 remake, developed by CD Projekt Red and Fool’s Theory.
CDPR hasn’t confirmed exactly how they’re dividing up the project. However, based on earlier statements, it seems likely Fool’s Theory will be be doing the lion’s share of the work. Meanwhile, CDPR will probably be checking in to make sure the game is up to scratch and you’re not playing as a trainee bus driver called Grant River.
Hang on.. so CD Projekt Red has talked about this before? It has, but the company kept its cards close to its chest. It turns out the previously announced Canis Majoris was a codename for The Witcher remake. We still don’t know what project Hadar is, but we’re sure we’ll find out eventually.
Fool’s Theory has, so far, mostly been a support studio but CD Projekt Red has faith in them.
“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,” explains Adam Badowski, CD Projekt Red Head of Studio.
However, Badowski also goes on to note that it’ll be some time till they can share more about the game. But we doubt it’ll hit the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, due to them being “last gen” consoles. Instead, it’s more likely to be a PS5, PC and Xbox Series X|S exclusive release.
We’ll let you know when we hear more. In the meantime, if you want to know what the original, un-remade The Witcher is like, you can get it on Steam for a measly £1.04.