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The next-generation version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released in physical form later this week. The critically acclaimed PS5 and Xbox X boxed role-playing will be available in stores around the world — including India — starting 26. The long-delayed next-gen (now, current-gen) release is out on CD Projekt Red as a December digital upgrade on PC, PS5, and Xbox S/X. Key highlights include improved visuals with ray tracing support, photo mode, faster console load times, and various mods integrated into the pack.

India is the first country to get the next-generation physical version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, along with the US, UK, France and most European countries. Pre-orders in India are now available on GamesTheShop for Rs. 2,999 for both platforms. However, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon will only release the PS5 on 26. Australia and New Zealand will be released on January 27th, while South American countries will be released on January 31st. Japan plans to get only one PS5 version released much later, on February 9th, while a Brazilian release date is still to be determined. You can read about availability on the official CD Projekt Red website.

The latest release of The Witcher 3 brings a host of visual and quality-of-life changes to appeal to a new generation of gamers. Both the PS5 and Xbox S/X versions come with graphics settings that allow players to choose between 60fps performance and a 30fps quality mode, which prioritizes visual fidelity over smoother frames. (Ray tracing is not considered in the Series S version.) This version also includes CD Projekt Red’s long-awaited Netflix Witcher series-inspired content, which adds a unique questline. After completing the same rewards, players will receive gear inspired by Henry Cavill’s character in the show, as well as optional outfits for the other protagonists and Nilfgaardian soldiers. Also included is a height-adjustable photo mode, like their recent Cyberpunk 2077 counterpart.

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The in-game character model has been greatly improved, and a new optional over-the-shoulder camera has been added for Geralt, similar to God of War (2018) and Batman: Arkham Knight. Then there are the map filters, which help remove any annoying question marks or icons on the map, borrowed heavily from open-world games like The Ring of Elden and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The reduced map markers add a new sense of wonder and curiosity when exploring continents. The update also allows you to now pause the game during cutscenes, a feature not available in the original version.

The Next-Gen Update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out now on PC, PS5, and Xbox S/X. The physical (CD) version will be available starting 26 for PS5 and Xbox X.

By Rebecca French

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