CD Projekt has announced the remake of the first Witcher game, as the trend to reimagine popular franchises continues. The project is being built with Unreal Engine 5 by Polish studio Fool’s Theory.
What is known about The Witcher remake?
- CD Projekt made the announcement on October 26, sharing the first teaser image of the upcoming game.
- Polish studio Fool’s Theory is in charge of the remake, with it being in the early stages of development. Some CDPR veterans are said to be involved in the project.
- The game is rebuilt from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5, the engine the company intends to use for all of its next major titles.
- The Witcher remake has been already mentioned by CD Projekt under its codename Canis Majoris. In a presentation for investors, the company described it as a “single-player open-world RPG” and another standalone title in the franchise.
- CD Projekt will provide full creative supervision over the game, saying it wants to treat it with “utmost care and attention to detail.”
- “[The Witcher] was the first game we made, ever, and it was a big moment for us then,” CD Projekt RED head Adam Badowski said. “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.”
- Other details about The Witcher remake remain undisclosed.
Who is Fool’s Theory?
- Founded in 2015, Fool’s Theory is run by CEO Jakub Rokosz. He has worked at CD Projekt RED for five years as a senior quest designer on The Witcher 2 and The Witcher 3.
- The studio’s design director, Karolina Kuzia-Rokosz, is also a CDPR veteran. She previously worked at the company for more than four years as a QA tester and quest designer .
- Other former CD Projekt developers include living world lead Przemysław Tarczyński and lead quest designer Katarzyna Władyka. They contributed to the development of The Witcher 3 and/or Cyberpunk 2077.
- Fool’s Theory initially focused on outsourcing development, taking part in the making of games such as Outriders, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Baldur’s Gate III. It also helped develop open-world isometric stealth RPG Seven: The Days Long Gone.
- The studio eventually shifted to in-house development of its own projects. In addition to The Witcher remake, Fool’s Theory is now working on Vitriol, an esoteric narrative-driven RPG.
- The latter will be published by 11 bit studios, which acquired a 40% stake in the Polish studio for up to $1.49 million earlier this year.