On the game’s seventh anniversary, The Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions now have a confirmed release window.
Creators CD Projekt RED announced that its next-gen upgrade will be rolling out at the end of the year – Q4 2022 to be precise.
Previously, the Polish studio had indefinitely delayed the project. Both The Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions were originally being worked on by Saber Interactive’s Russian team. However, due to Russia’s ongoing atrocities in Ukraine, a decision was made to sever this partnership and work on the next-gen upgrade internally at CDPR.
“Let’s make this 7th anniversary even better, shall we?” the developer said on Twitter.
“We’re delighted to share that the Next Gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is planned to release in Q4 2022. See you on the Path, witchers!”
Despite this not being an entirely new game, CDPR has been careful not to rush The Witcher 3’s re-release on newer platforms. While there have been plenty of vocal fans waiting to dust off their well-worn copies of the sublime open-world RPG, the team’s fumbled Cyberpunk 2077 launch is still fresh in the minds of many gamers.
When The Witcher 3 finally does arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, expect enhanced visuals and performance, perhaps with some extra bells and whistles. Whether upgrading your PS4 or Xbox One copy for free or experiencing the game for the first time, it’s going to be a real treat for RPG fans.
Here’s what Aran said all those years ago in our The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review:
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. There are some issues that will need to be improved. The combat is better than the Witcher 2 but isn’t quite there either, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the first game in a while that has held my attention for so long that I don’t notice the time pass. CD Projekt Red haven’t just created a great game but a modern gaming masterpiece.
But what’s next for the series? Looking further ahead, CDPR recently announced its next Witcher game, which will be running on Unreal Engine 5. The Polish company is touting this as a new Witcher saga, correcting those who have been calling it The Witcher 4. Meanwhile, season 3 of the Netflix TV show has begun filming.