The Witcher Remake Will Be Open World
It has been revealed that CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher Remake will be an open-world role-playing game, which is a radical departure from the original. In spite of rampant speculation, a recent earnings presentation shed some light on the specifics of the upcoming remake, giving players a better idea of what to expect from the contemporary reimagining of The Witcher.
The Polish publisher and developer revealed multiple projects in development, including one with the codename Canis Majoris, at the beginning of October. Upon further inspection, it became clear that this was a reimagining of 2007’s The Witcher, the pioneering instalment in the now-famous franchise. When compared to the sequel Assassins of Kings and the third instalment Wild Hunt, the original Witcher game has aged poorly, leading many to believe a remake is warranted. Despite the fact that the latest installment, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, expanded the game’s world, the original game did not take this approach. While the first two Witcher games featured non-linear gameplay, their sandboxes were small compared to the expansive world of the third.
According to CD Projekt Red’s quarterly financial report, published recently, The Witcher Remake is a “story-driven, single-player open-world RPG” and a “modern reimagining of 2007’s The Witcher.” With this news, fans can rest assured that The Witcher Remake will feature significant changes in comparison to the original, and not just in terms of the game’s visuals. The Witcher’s storyline was intertwined with the development of separate regions that occurred in sequential order, so the current development of the game will likely require a major overhaul.
The project is being outsourced to Polish studio Fool’s Theory, along with franchise veterans, under the full supervision of CD Projekt Red, though few other details have been revealed. Despite the planned use of Unreal Engine 5, the project is still in its infancy, so players shouldn’t hold their breath for any major updates or a release window for quite some time.
However, fans shouldn’t be too downhearted because CD Projekt Red has devoted a team to finishing the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which will be released on December 14. In just over two weeks, the Continent will be graced with ray tracing, 4K textures, and native 60fps, and players will be able to take advantage of all of these improvements while also taking advantage of the game’s newly added photo mode, multiple camera angles, and a new quest based on The Witcher Netflix series. The show’s success undoubtedly influenced CD Projekt Red to add the armour and weapons seen in it, which led to a significant increase in the number of players online at the same time for The Witcher 3.
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