The much-awaited NEXT-GEN UPDATE for the iconic Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has finally been dropped on all platforms. If you have not updated your game yet, there could not be a better time than now!
Living up to its hype, it has literally caught gamers off-guard; mesmerizing them with over-the-top visuals and all-new thrilling features.
Without any further delay, let’s take an in-depth review of what is new in this Witcher 3 mind-bending next-gen update.
As seen in the article picture above, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s next-gen upgrade was released on December 14, 2022.
About Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a state-of-the-art action role-playing video game developed by CD Projekt Red, also known as CDPR. Inspired by Slavic Mythology, the game is set in a captivating fictional open world played from a third-person perspective.
It was originally released in 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Nintendo version got rolled out in 2019 while PS5 and Xbox Series X|S received it in 2022.
Witcher 3 Update Pre-News
Even though this next-gen upgrade just got released recently, the news had been in circulation for quite a while.
It was first announced in 2020 but, unfortunately, Covid-19 soon took over and everything got delayed worldwide. In April 2022, about 2 years later, the developers announced on their Twitter page that the next-gen version has been postponed indefinitely.
However, the following month, the team again took to their Twitter platform and tweeted regarding its game project. They said that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will finally get its next-gen upgrade in Q4 of 2022.
What’s New in Witcher 3 Next-Gen Update?
The Witcher 3 mind-bending next-gen update is jam-packed with tons of new exciting features! Let us see them below.
First things first, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has undergone a total overhaul in terms of its visually aesthetic graphics. The most notable upgrade is the introduction of real-time Ray Tracing.
Check out the following pictures for a comparison between PS4 and PS5!
Moreover, the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt now has cross-progression support between the supported consoles. The only pre-requisite is that you need to log in to the game account. Since your data is saved on the cloud storage, your latest game saves will be carried over between different platforms.
For instance, let us assume you just saved your current game progression on your PlayStation 5 gaming console. With cross-progression, you can now continue it from the exact same location on your Nintendo Switch handheld console!
An All-New Photo Mode
Furthermore, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt players can now save their key moments, interesting points, and unique achievements within the game via a vast array of tools all located within the Photo Mode.
However, not many players can understand the true potential of Photo Modes in Video Gaming. Sadly, it is an unspoken art but one that enables gamers to get highly creative!
Click here to see the Photo Mode gameplay video to get a better understanding!
Camera, Controls, and UI Improvements
In addition, now you can experience the high-fantasy world of Witcher 3 and its brutal combats in all-new perspectives!
The new alternate camera option brings you one step closer to deadly swordfights. Furthermore, your deadly explorations are now even more perilously exciting thanks to the quick sign casting, map-filtering, and dynamically hiding mini-map options.
Plainly speaking, Game Mods are like love letters to gamers. When done the right way, these can be highly addicting for hardcore gamers. The Witcher development team seems to be fully aware of game mods’ gripping potential. In the next-gen update, several hit-famous game mods developed by the gaming community have been fully incorporated into the main game. One popular mod that is included is the Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project by HalkHogan.
Faster loading times
As a matter of fact, nobody likes loading times. Especially, when our favorite games take too long to start, nothing could be more frustrating.
In this next-gen upgrade, the Witcher Development Team has addressed this issue effectively. Players will now experience faster loading times.
Continuing with the flow, we also have great news for fans of the television Witcher Series. A great deal of Witcher Series-inspired content has been included in this next-gen update!
Last but not least, the Witcher development team has now fixed some of the earlier issues in quests that were reported by players. One such troubled-quest example is the From Ofier’s Distant Shores.
Is Everyone Getting Witcher 3 Update?
The Witcher 3’s mind-bending next-gen update is not meant for everyone. It is exclusively available for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox owners who have the game in their library.
Moreover, technically not a next-gen upgrade, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo owners also have their fair share of this update.
Witcher Next-Gen Update Problems
As soon as the update went live on 14th December 2022, users were quick to respond with numerous issues related to the next-gen upgrade. Many gamers experienced low frame rates while others encountered weird glitches.
It seems that the Witcher development team was expecting such a turn of events. They were quick to respond and apologized for the inconvenience via their Twitter account that players faced. Currently, the team is actively working on the issues faced by the players.
Issues Resolved as of 1st January 2023
Yennefer’s Bedroom Glitch
Although the next-gen update has resolved the infamous Yennefer’s Bedroom joke, it is still worth mentioning this hilariously weird glitch.
During the quest “Destination: Skellige”, Yennifer hands out the player (Geralt) the key to her bedroom. In your in-game inventory, this is marked as a “common item”. Nothing seems too suspicious here, right?
However, players were quick to start remarking on it. Seeing her bedroom key being marked as a ‘common’ item suggests that Yennefer gives it to people pretty often!
Now with the Witcher next-gen update, Yennefer’s bedroom key is shown as a “relic”. In other words, only you have it and it is very hard to obtain.
1st PC Hotfix
Released on 19th December 2022, the first PC Hotfix eliminated many problems with the Witcher 3. You can see the list of changes below:
- Improved Overall Stability
- Increased Performance
- Fixed GOG
- Fixed Steam Overlays
2nd PC Hotfix
Released on 22nd December 2022, the second PC Hotfix removed several issues with the Witcher 3. Following are the issues addressed successfully:
- Improved Overall Stability
- Fixes to Photo Mode
- Arabic Language now Even Better
- Eliminated Toxicity Bugs
- Improvements to Steam Deck & more…