If for many players, The Witcher saga began in 2015 with the launch of the third opus, Wild Hunt, on PC, PS4 and Xbox, the saga started a few years earlier. Indeed, the very first episode of the game signed CD Projekt, and adapted from the novels The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski, was launched on PC in 2007, before being adapted the following year on PS3 and Xbox 360. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was launched in 2011.
A remake “rebuilt from scratch”
A few weeks ago, CD Projekt teased the arrival of a new game in The Witcher saga, and the company has just confirmed that it will indeed be a complete remake of the very first episode (from 2007 therefore) , with Unreal Engine 5 sauce.
The developers specify that the game “is being rebuilt from scratch” with the engine signed Epic Games, which suggests a launch date to say the least distant.
A game left in the hands of Fool’s Theory
Note that the project will not be overseen directly by the studio behind Cyberpunk 2077, but by the developers at Fool’s Theory, founded by former members of the house, and at the origin in particular of Outriders and Baldur’s Gate 3. A remake until now known under the code name of Canis Majoris.
Obviously, this remake does not prevent CD Projekt from also working on a brand new episode of the franchise, for the time being called Polaris, and which will sign the start of a brand new trilogy. Regarding the upcoming remake, however, it will be necessary to be patient. “It’s still early days and we want to ensure that the creation is done with as much care and attention to detail as possible, so while we’re thrilled to share the news with you, we ask for your patience as we won’t share details on the project before a while” explains CD Projekt.
The beginnings of Geralt de Riv
Quite confidential, the first The Witcher is the first game based on the medieval-fantasy universe of Andrzej Sapkowski, already allowing to embody Geralt de Riv, a “Witcher”, member of a kind of guild of monster hunters who mutated in order to be more efficient.
The story of The Witcher is set after the end of the literary saga. Despite a very positive critical reception, The Witcher has had some success, but it is obviously The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt that will explode the popularity of the franchise, especially among console players.
But before the remake, The Witcher 3 “next-gen”!
As for The Witcher 3, which has sold over 30 million units worldwide, a “next-gen” patch will arrive very soon on PS5 and Xbox Series. In all likelihood, this revamped version of The Witcher 3 should arrive before the end of the year, and will be available for free to anyone who has a PS4 or Xbox One version of the game.
Among CD Projekt’s games, The Witcher had the honor of being a hit Netflix series, which did a lot to rekindle the hype around the game. However, that’s nothing compared to Cyberpunk Edgerunners, the animated series ( still on Netflix) which has literally allowed the game Cyberpunk 2077 to experience real redemption in recent months, after a more than chaotic launch at the end of 2020…
The Witcher again and again on Netflix!
If the date of the launch of the remake of the first The Witcher remains to be defined, remember that season 3 of The Witcher will be broadcast on Netflix during the summer of 2023, which should obviously allow CD Projekt to give news of its projects related to the saga.
It was at the end of 2019 that Netflix aired the first episode of this series worn (among others) by Henry Cavill. The first season was also a set of short stories that shaped the three main characters, before their first encounters with each other. There is also an animated film The Nightmare of the Wolf, not to mention an upcoming spin-off, called Blood Origin.