The Wizard (opens in a new tab), the 2007 RPG that put CD Projekt on the map, is being remade. The studio announced the remake today, saying it “has been rebuilt from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5.”
“The Wizard is where it all started for us, for CD Projekt Red,” said studio head Adam Badowski (opens in a new tab). “It was the first game we made, ever, and it was a big moment for us at the time. To go back to this place and remake the game for the next generation of players to experience it seems just as big, if not bigger.
The remake is being developed by Polish studio Fool’s Theory, the developer of Seven: The Days Long Gone (opens in a new tab)with CD Projekt providing “full creative supervision.”
“Working with Fool’s Theory on the project is just as exciting, as some of the people there have previously been involved in The Witcher games,” Badowski said. “They know the source material well, they know how much gamers have been looking forward to seeing the remake, and they know how to make incredible and ambitious games. And while it will be a while before we’re ready to share more about that. and of the game, I know it will be worth the wait.”
The original Witcher was an outstanding RPG, but it was also pretty weird in some notable ways. The most obvious was its combat, which relied on rhythmic mouse clicks to simulate smooth, flowing swordplay. I liked the system once I got used to it, but it was so completely different from other skill or click-to-spam combat systems that some players struggled with it.
I imagine this will be changed in the remake for something more conventional—and I expect the in-game cards Geralt could collect from winning with the many available and attractive ladies in the game (a holdover from a very different era and culture) will be. also be gone.
CD Projekt has confirmed that The Witcher remake is “Canis Majoris”, one of the two spin-off games. (opens in a new tab) announced earlier this month. No further details were revealed: CD Projekt said on Twitter that “we want to do this right, so please be patient.”
We are happy to reveal that, together with @Fools_Theory, we are working on a remake of The Witcher using Unreal Engine 5 (codename: Canis Majoris)! We want to get this right, so please be patient — it will be a while before we can share more details. ⚔️ https://t.co/6VCAokPgXs pic.twitter.com/ERFOXQrUEPOctober 26, 2022