CD Projekt has released the first trailer for the next-gen update coming to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in December, finally giving us a first look at the major visual overhaul and other changes coming to the popular RPG.
The original Witcher 3 looked pretty spectacular to begin with, especially if you were lucky enough to play it on a 4K-capable PC. (I did, and believe me, it looked great.) At first glance, the next-gen update might not seem as dramatic as the improvements go. But there’s more to it than just an increase in resolution: CD Projekt has previously confirmed that the update will include support for ray tracing, several performance improvements, and support for AMD’s FSR.
The update also adds a piece of new content inspired by the Netflix series, including – this is perhaps the most important part – the infamous Nilfgaardian Ballsack Armor (opens in new tab).
Seriously, check out this stuff:
OK, maybe it isn’t the most important part. That honor probably goes to the addition of a native photo mode, which was previously unavailable (in 2016, CD Projekt added support for Nvidia Ansel (opens in new tab), instead of). It was a strange exclusion: The Witcher 3 is a game with striking visuals, especially at 4K, and mainly when the game moves to Toussaint in the Blood and Wine expansion.
This is a quick-and-dirty screenshot I took during my playthrough – imagine what someone with the right tools and a little bit of photographic talent could come up with.
The update will also bring a host of other minor improvements, such as map improvements, integration of “community-made favorite” mods, changes to magic casting, and a number of quest fixes. Cross progression is also added so you can play and continue your journey on any platform you like.
If you enjoy reading patch notes for CDPR games, you’ll love the free next-gen update for The Witcher 3, featuring: ✅ Improved visuals✅ Camera, controls, and UI changes✅ Photo mode ✅ Integrated mods✅ Quest fixes✅ Netflix DLC✅ Cross progression pic.twitter.com/7Fh2q7omPvNovember 23, 2022
The Witcher 3 next-gen update will go live on December 14 and will be free to all owners of the game. If you don’t own The Witcher 3, it’s currently on sale for 80% off both Steam (opens in new tab) and GOG (opens in new tab)and in case there’s any doubt, it’s highly recommended: seven years later, it’s still a mainstay of our best RPGs (opens in new tab) list. CD Projekt said a detailed list of all the changes coming in the update will be posted closer to release.