The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting a next-gen update on December 14, and publisher CD Projekt Red has detailed all the enhancements the update brings. During a REDstreams livestream later Wednesday, a group of developers outlined improved visuals through ray tracing, faster console load times, a photo mode, and a new game based on Netflix’s Henry Cavill-led The Witcher series. Netflix DLCs. Players who already own The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series S/X can download the update for free.
The update will leverage AMD’s FSR 2.1 and Nvidia’s DLSS 3 technologies to ensure stable frame rates while enabling better textures, reflections, and ray tracing in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt Red confirmed that new graphics settings will be included in the update, letting players on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X choose between 60fps performance and 30fps quality modes. The latter prioritizes visual fidelity over smoother frames, offering ray-traced shadows and reflections in the game released in 2015. Haptic feedback has been added to the PS5 version, producing a vibration effect when bumping swords or casting spells in the game.
On PC, the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt added similar visual enhancements, including a photo mode and an over-the-shoulder view reminiscent of God of War (2018). While only shown briefly, the photo mode options look similar to Cyberpunk 2077, letting you adjust camera angles, depth of field, effects, and overlays. Also included in an upcoming update is cross-platform progression so you can carry over your save no matter what system you’re playing on.
As for the long-promised content of Netflix’s The Witcher series, gamers will have access to a new questline. After completing the same quest, in addition to the optional costumes of Princess Ciri, Yennefer the Sorceress, Tris the Red-haired Mage, Dandelion the Bard, and a Nilfgaardian soldier, you will also get the costumes that Kavell played in the play. Image-inspired gear. Meanwhile, the Netflix series was recently renewed for a fourth season, but without Cavill. After playing Geralt as Rivia for three seasons, the protagonist has stepped down from the role, paving the way for Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games movie) to take over.
Some quality-of-life improvements will also arrive with the next-gen update for The Witcher 3. Taking inspiration from open-world games like Elden Ring and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, CD Projekt Red has added a new filter setting that removes pesky question marks from maps. This creates a more immersive experience and adds a level of curiosity when exploring the continent. With this update, players should be able to naturally encounter events on the fly, rather than thinking of them as a to-do list. The mini-map and other HUD elements will now disappear when riding on your trusty mount Roach or simply exploring the length of the map. To a similar effect, you can now pause during cutscenes.
The next-gen version of The Witcher 3 was originally slated for release in 2021, but was delayed twice, with third-party studio Saber Interactive taking charge of 2021 development. A separate physical CD is also planned for a later release. Last month, the publisher confirmed a remake of its original 2007-released The Witcher game, which was built from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5. The game was originally announced for streaming in October under the cryptic title “Canis Major” during the company’s strategy, along with three new entries in the franchise.
The next generation update of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X on December 14.