CD Projekt’s masterpiece is about to open up to a new audience when it lands on PS5 and xbox-series. There are few days left to wait and it is time to know the new gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, what is it?
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third installment of the video game license developed by CD Projekt RED and inspired by the book series. The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski. As in its predecessors, you play the wizard Geralt de Riv in an RPG set in a dark fantasy world. The game concludes the trilogy started in 2007 and has been a resounding success. With 40 million copies sold and the GOTY title at the 2015 Game Awards, has gone a long way in making the license a staple of the gaming landscape and even pop culture (hence the various planned Netflix series).
What is the plot of The Witcher 3?
The Witcher 3 is the direct sequel to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Following the events of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, an unprecedented war has broken out between the Empire of Nilfgaard and the Northern Kingdoms. Geralt de Riv, for his part, has learned that his adoptive daughter, Ciri, has finally been seen in the Velen region. Unfortunately, Ciri never stays in one place for long, as she is hunted by the Wild Hunt, a troop of spectral horsemen who are a symbol of bad omens. Geralt receives a mission from Emhyr var Emreis (Ciri’s biological father): to find the young woman before the Wild Hunt. In his search, he will cross familiar faces such as Yennefer, Triss, Jaskier and Zoltan, and will participate, despite his regret, in the conflicts that fracture his world.
What improvements has this version introduced?
The move to the new generation implies, of course, many technical improvements. The Witcher 3 will have two new modes: a 60fps mode and a 4K mode (at 30fps). Visually, gamers will also enjoy ray tracing, improved textures and denser environments. Ultimately, the rendering should be more detailed and realistic. And everything will be more pleasant to discover thanks to shorter loading times.
As for the gameplay, there will also be improvements. This version should take advantage of PS5’s DualSense features. So expect a more immersive experience with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. In addition to small improvements such as changing the position of the camera, spelling shortcuts or filters, this version also fix one of the game’s main flaws: excessively punitive fall damage. And fans of free exploration will be happy to know that the interface will offer more options, as the possibility to filter the (many) points of interest.
Will there be news?
In addition to the improvements, the game will even offer a new feature. After seven years of existence, The Witcher 3 will offer a mode that has become essential in the game: photo mode With the beautiful environments in The Witcher 3, there will be plenty of great photo opportunities. Some fan-created mods will also be integrated into the game.
But the big news is the free DLC based on the Netflix series The Witcher. We don’t have much information about it yet, but we do know that they will introduce new weapons and armor, as well as alternative skins for characters like Dandelion. And all this will be entered through a new search.
What does the version for PS5 / Xbox Series contain?
Those who do not yet have the game will be able to directly buy the version for PS5 or Xbox Series. This is the Complete Edition, which means Includes all upgrades, free DLC, and expansions (Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine) released to date.
Will the next generation update be free?
People who already own the game will be able to update their version to get all the new features and improvements for free. This is very good news for players who want to embark on the adventure in better conditions and discover the specifics of this new version. Of course, you will be able to transfer your saved games easily. Only the trophies will not carry over from the old gen to the new gen.
It should be noted that an update will also be deployed in the versions of PS4, Xbox One and nintendoswitch so that players on these platforms can also enjoy some news, such as the Netflix DLC.
What is the release date of the new generation version?
The next-gen update and digital purchase will be available starting December 14 on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series. A physical release date is expected later, although none has been given at the moment. As to Nintendo Switch, it is expected to receive the update a little later.