The long-awaited next-gen edition of The Witcher 3 was recently delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was headed by Saber Interactive rather than CD Projekt Red themselves. However, due to some unknown issues, CDPR has decided to bring the remaster to their in-house development team, and has thus delayed the free upgrade indefinitely.
“We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice.” CD Projekt Red said in a statement. “We'll update you as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding.”
The Witcher 3 next-gen edition was due to launch in Q2 2022, bringing graphical upgrades such as improved textures and ray tracing, as well as content inspired by the Netflix TV show. CD Projekt Red has been pretty busy fixing their latest release, Cyberpunk 2077, as well as developing its upcoming DLC expansions (which are still happening by the way).
The studio has also just started development on The Witcher 4, so adding another project on top of that is a big deal. CDPR didn’t give an exact reason as to why they have chosen to bring development in-house instead of with Saber Interactive, but it’s possibly due to the branch working on the remaster being based in Russia. No updated release window has been announced.
What do you think? Were you excited for The Witcher 3 next-gen edition? Why do you think CDPR has chosen to bring development in-house? What are you most excited for about the remaster? And when do you think it will be released now? Let us know!