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Here's another blast from the past:

 

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October 26th, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that The Witcher Remake is being worked on! That's right, the game that started it all is being rebuilt from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5. 

 

The game is currently in the early stages of development at the Polish studio Fool’s Theory, where veteran Witcher series staff are involved. We, as CD PROJEKT RED, are providing full creative supervision. 

 

The Witcher Remake is what you might know by the codename “Canis Majoris”. It’s still early and we want to ensure that the game is created with the utmost care and attention to detail, therefore, while we’re excited to share the news with you, we want to ask you for patience as it will be a while until we start talking about this project in detail.

 

“The Witcher is where it all started for us, for CD PROJEKT RED. It was the first game we made, ever, and it was a big moment for us then. 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,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED. “Collaborating with Fool’s Theory on the project is just as exciting, as some of the people there have been previously involved in The Witcher games. They know the source material well, they know how much gamers have been looking forward to seeing the remake happen, and they know how to make incredible and ambitious games. And although it will take some time before we’re ready to share more about and from the game, I know it’ll be worth the wait.”

 

https://www.thewitcher.com/en/news/46225/the-witcher-remake-is-in-development

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I absolutely loved Witcher 3 and perhaps benefited by not playing it till it was 'complete' with all the DLC.  Had a go with Witcher 2 a couple of years later but couldn't quite get into it, from memory it feeling 'old' and the controls were part of that as much as anything else.  (Both on xbox)

 

Anyway, would be good to have the opportunity to play the first one on an up to date platform.  Anyone here play the original on PC back in 2008? What was it like?

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18 minutes ago, StumpyJohn said:

I absolutely loved Witcher 3 and perhaps benefited by not playing it till it was 'complete' with all the DLC.  Had a go with Witcher 2 a couple of years later but couldn't quite get into it, from memory it feeling 'old' and the controls were part of that as much as anything else.  (Both on xbox)

 

Anyway, would be good to have the opportunity to play the first one on an up to date platform.  Anyone here play the original on PC back in 2008? What was it like?

The original release was pretty busted, they released an enhanced edition later which was better.

 

Even for the time it was very clunky and rickety, similar to the Gothic games and such. Probably unplayable today. Witcher 2 is far more modern feeling and polished. But it had a lot of good stuff and ambition.

 

There's a long, ugly and boring section in particular I remember (and probably ranted about on here a decade ago) which is so awful it brings the whole game down.

 

Like I say, cdpr were a typical eurojank dev who turned into a AAA powerhouse.

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34 minutes ago, robdood said:

Didn't this have some hilariously misogynistic card / women collecting thing in it? 

 

Gonna be some good drama relating to that being included / excluded from the remake! /gets popcorn 

 

Yes. Whenever you had sex with a woman you got a collectable card depicting her in a compromising pose. Just like real life.

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Loved the first one, and in many ways it's still my favourite. It was very eurojank but also very ambitious. The polished sequels lost some of that. The alchemy was way more freeform and you actually had to work for your research for it - and diving into it made a very satisfying difference to whatever encounter/area you were struggling with. In later games it was so streamlined, it became something you barely had to think about. I really hope they keep this and other notable elements in the remake.

 

Oh happy days!

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9 minutes ago, Sarlaccfood said:

Oh interesting, just playing the second game on my Series S at the mo. It’s amazing how much of the third game is already there. 
 

Is this remake just on PC then?

No way, of course it's going to be multiplatform for sure. They attempted to remake it before, sometime around 2015 iirc, but the French developer they contracted scammed them and ran off with the money. They needed Witcher 3 to be a major hit at that point or else it would have been the end of the studio because of that incident. That remake would have been multiplatform too, that was always one of the main reasons to do it because console players couldn't experience the first one.

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44 minutes ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

No way, of course it's going to be multiplatform for sure. They attempted to remake it before, sometime around 2015 iirc, but the French developer they contracted scammed them and ran off with the money. They needed Witcher 3 to be a major hit at that point or else it would have been the end of the studio because of that incident. That remake would have been multiplatform too, that was always one of the main reasons to do it because console players couldn't experience the first one.


Oh right yeah that makes more sense.  Might need a tag update @Cyhwuhx

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3 hours ago, robdood said:

Didn't this have some hilariously misogynistic card / women collecting thing in it? 

 

Gonna be some good drama relating to that being included / excluded from the remake! /gets popcorn 

Sold!

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Honestly, I’d have been happy enough for them to use the Redengine again and get it linked nicely with The Witcher 3 look really. 
 

As long as the script is written a bit better and voice acting is on a par with the later games I’ll be more than happy to play!

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8 hours ago, StumpyJohn said:

I absolutely loved Witcher 3 and perhaps benefited by not playing it till it was 'complete' with all the DLC.  Had a go with Witcher 2 a couple of years later but couldn't quite get into it, from memory it feeling 'old' and the controls were part of that as much as anything else.  (Both on xbox)

 

Anyway, would be good to have the opportunity to play the first one on an up to date platform.  Anyone here play the original on PC back in 2008? What was it like?

If you ever played The Summoner on PS2, the combat was like that - essentially rhythm-action, with the power of your attack increasing with each correct timing. I guess that will be scrapped and it will be more Witcher 2/3 now.

 

Also, as others have mentioned, the whole second section is pretty much based in the dullest, longest and ugly swamp. There's a lot - and I mean a lot - of running around the damn place and even though it isn't some Witcher 3 epic, the game as a whole dragged a fair bit (I think it was around 20-30 hours all-in.) I wouldn't say it's a game that needs remaking (but then most don't) and is surely going to suffer comparisons poorly versus the later games? I mean Witcher 2 was a huge jump in terms of looks, combat, story the world etc, let alone the third game (which I still haven't played despite getting free with a graphics card back at release in 2015).

 

I'm more interested in what is happening to the Witcher 3 update, anybody know? Is that going to include some of the (many) improvements made via mods, or is it just graphical spit and polish?

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21 hours ago, Lying Cat said:

 

Yes. Whenever you had sex with a woman you got a collectable card depicting her in a compromising pose. Just like real life.

Well, that's where revenge porn comes from.

 

All for a remake of this, and Witcher 2 could do with a lick of paint while they are at it.

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