No game from CD Projekt Red is quite as divisive as “The Witcher.” The first is either loved or hated by fans. So the expectations for the remake are sky high. Which is why devs CDPR and Fool’s Theory have announced a change to one of the biggest points of contention. Due to the overwhelmingly positive reception of “The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt,” this remake will be open-world.
This means more than just a larger world to explore. There are stories from the Witcher novels still unexplored in the games that could serve as side quests. Maybe Roach, Geralt’s horse, will return to serve as trusty steed for when you want to forego fast travel and enjoy the scenery. The original “The Witcher” was massive even without being open-world. Even confined to specific areas, the game didn’t lack in substance.
Knowing we’ll be able to explore Vizima and its surrounding areas freely is extremely exciting news. Seeing Temeria revived with Unreal Engine 5 promises to be a feast for the eyes. And for those of us with massive crushes on the infamous White Wolf, we’re ready and waiting to see a younger Geralt looking more like himself and less like a mannequin.
News for the remake moving forward is likely to come at a trickle. Considering the remake was recently announced, it will probably be awhile before we get a release date.