The Witcher 3 is getting a next-gen upgrade, but does it need it?

The Witcher 3 is getting a next-gen upgrade, but does it need it?

^Stay tuned after the ads for our recap of the CD Projekt RED livestream and our take on why The Witcher 3 deserves a next-gen upgrade.

The legendary next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was already announced when we first got our hands on the new consoles, so it’s been a long time coming. It’s no surprise it’s taken this long considering the company got embroiled in controversy after the release of Cyberpunk 2077, which arrived on consoles in such a shoddy state that Sony infamously pulled it from sale on PS4.

Well, months of regular updates and a DLC announcement later, Cyberpunk 2077’s redemption arc is in full swing, and it looks like CD Projekt RED is determined to reclaim all that goodwill they originally deserved with their most celebrated and indisputable best game.

The next-gen update includes the weird Nilfgaardian armor from the first season of the Netflix show, which everyone hated because it wasn’t the same as in the games. That and it looks like the sort of thing you end up wearing when regular fucking just isn’t working for you.

The free update will be released on December 14 and, in addition to visual upgrades such as ray tracing and high-resolution textures, will include a range of QoL improvements, including the ability to cast different characters on the fly without using the radial menu, quests, and related items. keeping up with the Netflix series, haptic feedback for PS5 users, full localization for the Chinese market, and 60fps support for Xbox Series S. Oh, there’s even some search fixes on the way.

CD Projekt RED could have just released a basic performance unlock for the new machines: many other studios have taken that approach, and it’s significantly better than nothing. After all, it takes time and resources to roll out even minor updates, which require testing and certification, that many developers simply can’t justify the expense of, especially if they’re well into the development of their next big title. The fact that we’re getting a substantial upgrade with new content, deep gameplay tweaks and fixes for older bugs is pretty amazing.

Other studios have charged real money for less substantial upgrades, and they are well entitled to that. What a wonderful Christmas treat for Witcher fans.

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