CD Projekt Red has announced that it will remake The Witcher in Unreal Engine 5, alongside developer Fool’s Theory.
This is one of the five new games the company announced earlier this month, and previously went by the codename Canis Majoris. This will be a true remake, with the the company saying, it will be “rebuilt from the ground up” in Unreal Engine 5, and is early stages of development.
As part of its announcement, the company cautioned: “We want to do this right, so please be patient — it’s gonna be a while until we can share more details.”
We’re thrilled to reveal that, together with @Fools_Theory, we’re working on remaking The Witcher using Unreal Engine 5 (codename: Canis Majoris)!
— The Witcher (@witchergame) October 26, 2022
“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 in an annoucement post.
“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.”
Canis Majoris was one of the more intriguing announcements in CD Projekt’s upcoming slate, marking the first time the developer will work with a third-party developer. Fans had been very intrigued to find out which developer that was, but we hadn’t seen Fool’s Theory as a guess before now.
Set up in 2015 and described as “a collective of AAA veterans”, the company is a Polish studio that has previously contributed to Baldur’s Gate III, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Outriders, among other projects. Fool’s Theory is also working on a project codenamed Vitriol, a new IP made in collaboration with 11-Bit Studios (Frostpunk, This War of Mine).
Released in 2007, The Witcher was CD Projekt Red’s debut game and, while less refined than its successors, set out a huge amount of the lore, tone, and systems that would define the now-landmark RPG series. At the time, we gave it an 8.5 review, saying it was “definitely a game you’ll remember well over the years.” If you’re wondering why a remake was announced today, that’s because it’s the 15th anniversary of the original release.