The first Witcher game is being remade “from the ground up,” original developer CD Projekt Red said Wednesday. The game was announced earlier this month under the codename “Canis Majoris,” but we didn’t know what it was.
In April, CD Projekt said that the Witcher series, consisting of three games, had sold more than 65 million copies. The first game of the Witcher saga, released in 2007, had helped the company gain worldwide recognition.
We're thrilled to reveal that, together with @Fools_Theory, we're working on remaking The Witcher using Unreal Engine 5 (codename: Canis Majoris)!
— The Witcher (@witchergame) October 26, 2022
“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,” says studio head Adam Badowski in a statement.
“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.”
It’s unclear when the remake will be released, but codenamed “Project Polaris” — in the next six years. We also don’t know what systems it’ll come to. The 2007 original wasn’t released on consoles, so the developer will probably rectify that with the remake.it’s planning to release its upcoming Witcher games — including a sequel
— CD PROJEKT IR (@CDPROJEKTRED_IR) October 4, 2022
Earlier this month, CD Projekt Red revealed the codename for a “full-fledged” The Witcher game, “Canis Majoris,” and that an external studio would be developing it. CD Projekt Red has now confirmed that Canis Majoris was the codename for this remake project.
CD Projekt Red has several other new projects in development, including two other games set in The Witcher universe, a new Cyberpunk game, and an entirely original IP. No other details were provided about The Witcher remake, but CD Projekt Red says that it’s going to take a while.
The Witcher was originally released in 2007 for PC, with an Enhanced Edition in 2008.