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The Witcher Remake suggests that the first game may finally be deserving of its follow-ups

CD Projekt RED has announced an Unreal Engine 5 remaster of The Witcher, the first instalment in its acclaimed trilogy.

The publisher has hired a team of ex-Witcher developers to remake the game from the ground up while CD Projekt RED is busy with The Witcher 4 and the sequel, Cyberpunk 2077. In the early stages of development, Fool’s Theory is using the same toolset as CD Projekt’s internal team for the new Witcher trilogy, as they are also using Unreal Engine 5 for their remake of Geralt’s first adventure.

But CD Projekt RED has already given us a taste of this game under a codename: Canis Majoris. There were five new Witcher games announced by the publisher at the beginning of October, and this was one of them. At the time, all we knew about Canis Majoris was that it was published by itself and developed by a separate studio.

The Witcher is a game that would greatly benefit from being remade or remastered, a trend that is becoming increasingly commonplace thanks to titles like The Last of Us Part 1 and Resident Evil 2. While the 2007 role-playing game shows promise, it ultimately falls flat due to its awkward design. I really enjoyed the game’s world and the fact that it stuck to its conceits, such as requiring different types of metal blades for different enemies. However, it took forever to get going, and the actual fighting was subpar compared to what came in later games.

With CD Projekt RED’s oversight and a team of seasoned programmers using cutting-edge technology, we may soon be playing a fantastic new role-playing game. It may mean that The Witcher can finally be compared to its superior sequels, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt, said, “It will take some time before we’re ready to share more about and from the game.” in the official announcement of The Witcher Remake. The PR also emphasises that the logo itself is a “Work in progress,” adding to the haziness of the timeline.

I’m hoping the development team isn’t constrained by the original game’s legacy, so they can update the plot to fit in with the sequels and retroactively implement systems made for the sequels in this one.

In addition, the cringe-inducing mechanic of collecting cards featuring nude characters should not be redone.