As technology improves, consoles and game design become more refined, and we see new innovation every year from developers, a lot of older games don't age well. Modern games are now so brilliant in many ways that many older games feel incredibly clunky and outdated compared to our current standards. There is perhaps no better example in games that show this quality difference outside of The Witcher series from CD Projekt Red.
The original The Witcher is now considered a slog. I have heard so many old Witcher fans tell new Witcher fans not to play it, and just read the plot on Wikipedia - at least the graphics on Wikipedia are nice and fresh. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, on the other hand, is considered a masterpiece - an RPG for the ages, with beautiful graphics, incredible storylines, and fantastic game design. No matter how much that game ages, it will still be considered an astonishing achievement. So how do we bring the original Witcher game to that standard? Remake it? Bingo.
Although, of course, it's not the game in full, one fan and game designer who goes by Sketch on YouTube shows off what The Witcher could look like if it was remade today, and spoiler alert, it looks fantastic. In this months-long project, Sketch took to recreating one area of The Witcher, the slums in the Temple Quarter in a modern capacity so we can see the potential of the game if it had come out in 2021.
Using the application Blender, the designer studied the scene from the game before recreating all the buildings as 3-D models. Then came decorating the models with various layers to make them look real, before placing them in Unity to put them together. Along with a lot of handmade decorations, object collision, sound design, and a hilarious attempt at making a third-party Geralt model, the project is complete.
It's a great way to visibly see what could be improved in terms of graphics from The Witcher's 2007 release, and the comparison is even more impressive when you consider that an entire team of designers made one, and the other was a solo project. We can't help but wonder if CD Projekt would ever take a shot at a remake to show us all what it could do with the resources at is disposal.
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