The recently announced remake of The Witcher in Unreal Engine 5 will be fully open world, marking a major departure from the original game.
Developer CD Projekt Red announced the news as part of its Q3 2022 earnings report, where it listed the title, named Canis Majoris, as a “story-driven single-player open-world RPG – a modern reimagining of 2007’s The Witcher”. The fact that the game will be open-world was not mentioned when it was initially announced in October.
Although the critically acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is open-world, the first two entries in The Witcher series are not. Instead, the first two games in the franchise featured large open areas for players to explore. However, advancing the story past certain key points would move players to a new area, completely closing off the previous area. The revenue report doesn’t elaborate on how the new open-world approach may change other aspects of the game.
Other details about The Witcher remake are scarce. As part of the game’s 15th anniversary, CD Projekt Red has announced it is partnering with Polish studio Fool’s Theory on the remake, which is made up of “Witcher series veterans” who worked on previous entries in the series. . Fool’s Theory will serve as lead developer, with CD Projekt Red providing “full creative oversight”.
“They know the source material well, they know how much gamers have been looking forward to the remake, and they know how to make amazing, ambitious games,” CD Projekt Red said in a blog post officially announcing the remake. “And while it will be a while before we’re ready to share more about and from the game, I know it will be worth the wait.”
It doesn’t look like The Witcher Remake is coming anytime soon, but the free next-gen update for The Witcher 3 on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC is right around the corner. The December 14 update will add performance and quality modes for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 players as well as ray tracing and ambient occlusion on consoles and PC. On PS5, the Witcher 3 will use haptic feedback from the DualSense controller, with all three versions receiving new content in the form of swords and armor inspired by Netflix’s Witcher TV show and a new photo mode.
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