CD Projekt RED (shortened to CDPR from now on) has spoken about when we can expect the open-world remake of the first The Witcher.
During CDPR’s latest quarterly business report, we heard that we’d have to wait longer for the remake of Geralt’s first game because it’s not at the top of their list: “Coming back to The Witcher Remake and when it will come, yes, it will come after Polaris (The Witcher 4), which is a consequence of how we think about this project. I think that The Witcher Remake will be based in big part on technologies from Polaris so that it will be developed partially in parallel to Polaris. Still, once Polaris is launched, everything for Polaris will be in the final shape, and it will be partially reused in the remake,” said Adam Kiciński, President and Co-CEO of The Witcher.
It’s a logical step, as The Witcher 4 (or whatever the game will be called) will be the first game CDPR will create with Unreal Engine 5, as they will no longer use their proprietary technology, the REDengine. They have partnered with Epic Games to allow the Polish team to work on open-world RPGs. Fool’s Theory (founded by ex-CDPR staff, having made Seven: The Days Long Gone) will be working primarily on The Witcher Remake, but it is expected that CDPR will also help.
Meanwhile, The Molasses Flood is working on a spinoff called Sirius, which CDPR will also support. Kiciński said: “We are not guiding anything about the design of Project Sirius, so we are not talking about the size or type of game. We just said that the design is to be accessible to a broader audience. There is an apparent business purpose through it because we must prepare ourselves at the right moment to communicate the product to gamers, as the product is very different from anything we’ve released. We must ensure that gamers first will understand properly what the game is about. That’s why we are not saying anything, and we are not describing what type of game and what kind of size the game is.”
He also didn’t say whether Sirius or Polaris would be released first, so we can’t put that in order. There are a lot of games in the pipeline at CD Projekt, but perhaps they should consider whether there will be too many.