What the devs are saying
What the games are saying
What would The Witcher 1 prologue tutorial - where amnesiac Geralt is hauled in from the woods by his witcher pals and taken to the iconic castle Kaer Morhen - look like remade in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Well I'm glad you asked! Because one enterprising modder, erxv [this article previously and erroneously stated Daniel Hindes], has answered. This Witcher 1 Prologue Remaster takes voiceovers, cinematics, and one of the notorious sex cards from The Witcher 1 and reapplies them to characters and scenarios made for The Witcher 3, copying as closely as possible the opening hour of The Witcher 1. It's an admirable achievement and one you can download as a mod and play. And it doesn't half highlight how clunky the original Witcher was, and how much CD Projekt Red has learned in terms of pacing and excitement since. It's funny to think how far the studio has come in 10 years. But it wasn't an easy journey - CD Projekt's history is one I've told in the past - and it won't be an easy future. Expanding to become a world-leading plus person operation has brought CD Projekt Red plenty of challenges of its own, as old ways clash with new under the fierce glare of the spotlight.
This is another reason why the opportunity is ripe for CD Projekt Red to remake the original title. The majority of PS4 owners at the time never played the game, so it was a great opportunity to re-up. As such, CD Projekt Red would do well to take advantage of the same situation, especially after building the franchise to what it is. In The Witcher 3, besides anecdotal dialogue, all players are ever really given in the way of context, for the first games, is a brief list of choices toward the beginning that simulate save data from the previous games. Speaking of Foltest and his accursed Striga, that storyline was adapted into one of the more memorable moments from the new Netflix show, speaking to how popular a remake of this story itself could be.
The first Witcher was a great game, but I returned to it recently and it's showing its age. If you want to learn more about Geralt's origins but can't take the rough edges then you're in luck, because you can now play through its prologue in The Witcher 3 's engine thanks to a fan-made mod. Witcher 1 Prologue Remastered does exactly what it says on the tin, recreating the opening hour of Geralt's first outing with all the visual and mechanical excellence we've come to expect from CD Projekt Red. It's not perfect it's basically a complete recreation in the Witcher 3, and some things don't translate directly , but it looks pretty darn good.