The Legendary Witcher game series started with the first installment released all the way in 2007. While it was critically acclaimed at the time, it still wasn’t a commercial success on the level of the Witcher 2. Hence, many fans haven’t really played the first game, and at this point gameplay might feel too dated to be an enjoyable experience.
Previously referred to by the codename “Canis Majoris” during the studio’ Strategy Update earlier in October, the remake will be a modern reimagining of 2007’ The Witcher — the first game in CD PROJEKT RED’s acclaimed RPG trilogy. The title will be built from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5 technology, and will use the toolset CDPR is creating for the new Witcher saga.
– Announcement Blogpost
Thankfully, CD PROJEKT RED just announced a remake of the first Witcher game. CD PROJEKT RED has outsourced the game’s development to Polish studio, Fool’s Theory. According to the announcement blogpost, the game will be developed from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5. For those unaware, even the next Witcher game (namely Witcher 4) will be developed using the Unreal Engine 5.
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.
– Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED.
The announcement blogpost doesn’t delve into any more details, including the scope of the remake and even the expected release date. Although, since the game is still in early development, it will likely be a few good years before we see any gameplay.