As if CD Projekt Red didn’t already have enough of their plate, they’ve also announced that they’re working to upgrade The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the next-generation of PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC hardware. This will bring a bunch of visual and technical improvements, including ray tracing and faster loading times across the base game, expansions and various other bits of extra content. Maybe people can stop banging on about visual downgrades now?
The next generation release of The Witcher 3 will be available as a new release of the game for PC, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, but it will also be a completely free upgrade for current owners of the game on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The only thing we now have to wait for is a release date, but we shouldn’t really expect this to happen right away. As I said, CDPR are pretty busy right now with a little game called Cyberpunk 2077. After several delays, Cyberpunk 2077 game will be launching on the eve of the next-generation in November for current systems PS4, Xbox One and PC. CDPR have promised enhancements for next-gen for that game, also with free upgrades to PS5 and Xbox Series X, but have cautioned that the enhancements will be coming some time after launch.
Curiously, this announcement comes with CDPR having previously said that a new The Witcher game is planned and will enter development after Cyberpunk 2077’s release. This new game will not be a direct sequel to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but will part of the universe, which could mean that Geralt will not be the main character.
Still, it absolutely makes sense for CDPR to return to The Witcher 3 and spruce it up for next-gen. The recent Netflix series saw the game shoot back to the top of the charts, and a second season of the show is in the works, hopefully for 2021, as well as a prequel series. All of these things will continue to spur on interest in the game, and if CDPR can also generate some fresh buzz with next-gen enhancements, it will surely appeal to even more people.
In our original The Witcher 3 review, Aran said:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is easily one of the most engrossing games I’ve had the chance to play. The story and characters are well worth the experience alone, and the world expertly draws on the desire to explore with its massive scale. You never know what will greet you or beat you just a few seconds down the path, and that’s what is exciting about this game. […] CD Projekt Red haven’t just created a great game but a modern gaming masterpiece.
Source: press release