UE5 The Witcher Remake Announced

A tweet from CD PROJEKT RED announces a collaboration with Fool's Theory to create a remake of the original version of The Witcher using Unreal Engine 5. Word is this is still in the early stages, but this page has first details. Turns out this is the project (projekt?) that was recently teased with the codename Project Canis Majoris. Here's more:
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.
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Oct 27, 2022, 18:17
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Jim wrote on Oct 26, 2022, 17:31:
Witcher 1 had a really dark but solid story. Witcher 2 on the other hand I tried a couple of times but never finished. if they modernize the gameplay of witcher 1 that will become a really great game.

Fantastic story!

Glad they're doing this.
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Oct 27, 2022, 10:13
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Oct 27, 2022, 10:13
 
They really need to eliminate those QTE bottlenecks, which I found tedious and no fun. Bottlenecking a game with reflexive, button smashing QTEs because you think it "increases the difficulty/tension" in the game is a mistake, I' think. Rather, leave the QTE's in, but add another way (or two) around the obstacle that allows the player to continue the game without getting stopped by those QTEs if he chooses. For a long time, the 'net abounded with W2 saved games to get people past the major QTE hump in that game...about which, I will only say, "Release the [blank]!"

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Oct 27, 2022, 09:57
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Seems like a surprising choice to move to UE5 when their in house engine looks so good in TW3 and Cp2077. Look forward to seeing more about this.
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Oct 26, 2022, 23:02
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People dunk on the controls, but it was actually the most RPG game of them all. Winning in combat wa actually determined much more by your stats and how well you prepared for battle-making potions and oils actually necessary.

The story was good too, which it should be because it was the main draw of the game. I actually started Witcher 2 but never finished it, I always got bored and then came back to it later not know what I should do.

That and UI was frustrating to use, I mean, it really is absolutely terrible. The game was made when they decided to start targeting consoles, and it's absolutely unusable with a K/M.
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Oct 26, 2022, 19:27
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Bodolza wrote on Oct 26, 2022, 15:49:
If you can deal with the older graphics, and somewhat janky controls, Witcher 1 actually has the most complex gameplay. Witcher 2 was a big step up in graphics, but I thought the actual RPG elements were too oversimplified.

Having played all 3, I always thought Witcher 2 had the best story, but was also the most jankiest of them all. And that's saying something. Even when W2 runs really well it never feels not-janky... heh
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Witcher 1 had a really dark but solid story. Witcher 2 on the other hand I tried a couple of times but never finished. if they modernize the gameplay of witcher 1 that will become a really great game.
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Oct 26, 2022, 16:25
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Bodolza wrote on Oct 26, 2022, 15:49:
If you can deal with the older graphics, and somewhat janky controls, Witcher 1 actually has the most complex gameplay. Witcher 2 was a big step up in graphics, but I thought the actual RPG elements were too oversimplified.

When I originally tried Witcher 1, I didn't understand the controls at all. Came back to it, actually paid attention, and found myself enjoying it the most out of the games. Unfortunately, got side-tracked for about a year and a half, and when I tried to go back to where I was, I didn't remember any of the systems and gave up again. lol.
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Oct 26, 2022, 16:25
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Noice! The engine (BioWare Aurora "2.5D") of the original Witcher has always been complete garbage and it has always been a major detriment to an otherwise awesome game (in terms of content & story etc.). I had a pretty hard time to get into the game when I finally played the Enhanced Edition back in the day mostly because of the crappy engine and combat. I hope they revamp the latter, too. The click when shit flashes QTE style combat was lame as fuck, to be frank.

I hope they nail it and basically make it a Witcher 1 with Witcher 3 gameplay. That would be worth a replay me thinks.
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Oct 26, 2022, 15:49
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If you can deal with the older graphics, and somewhat janky controls, Witcher 1 actually has the most complex gameplay. Witcher 2 was a big step up in graphics, but I thought the actual RPG elements were too oversimplified.
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Oct 26, 2022, 14:58
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Well, very true. If the gameplay can't hold up, all the work to put it in a nice looking engine will be a waste. I'm sure it'll still sell like crazy because it's Witcher and looking beautiful, but I'm not sure how far people would go before giving up due to it playing like crap pies.

Personally, I'm not sure I even care to try the older Witcher games as huge a fan of 3 that I am. Witcher 2 didn't actually look too bad when I went to try it after beating Witcher 3, but the gameplay there was too many steps back for me to stick with it. The linear environments and lack of total freedom that I love so much in 3 really took me out of it.

Since this is a side company given CDPR blessing, that's cool. I just wish CDPR does not put anymore time/effort into their older titles and continues to make better modern stuff. Granted I really want the Witcher 3 remaster, but I would prefer Witcher 4 doesn't suck.
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Oct 26, 2022, 14:49
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Hmmm, this would be witcher 1, which you could play either top down or third-person-ish with quirks. The combat was click-timing based. I hope they do more than just make new textures and convert scripts.
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 26, 2022, 13:53:
Hopefully they add some QoL gameplay improvements as well.

This^^, the original had some really clunky stuff going on.

If it plays like W3, it'll be received much better.
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Oct 26, 2022, 13:55
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Hopefully they keep the original gameplay. It still has the deepest mechanics of any of the Witcher games. The only thing that really needs "fixing" are the controls, which were a terrible mish-mash of mouse and keyboard.
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Hopefully they add some QoL gameplay improvements as well.
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Oct 26, 2022, 13:20
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That can be neat. Never actually tried it much more than 10 minutes since it was already too aged when I got into the Witcher universe with 3. I wouldn't mind giving it more time in Unreal engine 5, lol.

That said, I initially translated this to Witcher 3 when I first read this and was about to bust a nut. Though we already know there is a remaster in the works that should be dropping soon... Still, no matter how good they can get Witcher 3 to look with new lighting effects and mods, it'll never be no unreal engine 5.
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