The Witcher just celebrated its 15th anniversary of the original game, and along with the celebration came some exciting news for fans of the series. CD Projekt Red, the developers of the series, announced that a remake is in development. Not just any remake, though, one using Unreal Engine 5. But what does this mean for fans of the franchise?
The remake is currently in the early stages of development and is being built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5. For the most part, it’s being created by Fool’s Theory, a Polish development studio that has often given support to larger studios. The studio was also involved in The Witcher 2 and now 3, Divinity Original, Sin 2, and Baldur’s Gate 3.
The decision to build the game entirely from scratch in Unreal Engine 5 is a good call as it will keep the story in alignment with the new The Witcher Trilogy currently being worked on. Many believe this remake will help the series feel like a whole instead of just two different games.
Not only that, but it will also improve the original game, which was rather clunky. This will give old and new fans a much better experience than the original. The Witcher is one of those older games that’s difficult to go back to after all these years. This means many new players will lose out on the story’s narrative covered in the first trilogy. Therefore a remake could be just the answer!
More studios have been releasing remakes and remastered versions to draw attention to their games and excite fans. While some didn’t impress much, like GTA San Andreas, others shone out and made definite improvements in visual impact and overall gameplay, like Final Fantasy VII. Others, like The Last of Us, decided to make significant visual and audio improvements without changing too much of the game sequencing – keeping faithful to the original.
Right now, there’s not much more information, so we don’t know precisely in which direction The Witcher’s remake will go, but it remains exciting for fans of the franchise. It will also give new players a great introduction to the lore before the launch of the new Witcher trilogy.