Back in April this year, CD Projekt Red announced that the next-gen edition for their highly successful third installment in The Witcher RPG series had been delayed indefinitely as they brought development in-house, rather than being done externally by Saber Interactive. Now CDPR has given a new release window, and it’s a little closer than you might have thought.
The Witcher 3 next-gen version is now launching Q4 2022. Originally, the next-gen update (which comes free for owners of the original game) was supposed to launch Q2 2022, so at most we’re looking at around a 6-month delay, which isn’t too bad all things considered. CDPR didn’t reveal any new screenshots or gameplay unfortunately.
Following up on the announcement, CD Projekt Red confirmed that the next-gen versions will come with both major expansions as well as all the smaller DLCs released thus far. But it will also include new DLC inspired by The Witcher Netflix series. Most notably though, the next-gen update will also include ray tracing to some capacity and other improved visuals.
We’ll likely hear and see more about The Witcher 3 Complete Edition in the coming months or closer to release, like how the new version compares graphically to the original and what the actual Witcher Netflix content will be. At least the announcement can quell any worries that The Witcher 3 next-gen edition is in development hell.
What do you think? Are you excited for The Witcher 3 next-gen version? What ray tracing effects would you like to see added? What other visual improvements? When exactly in Q4 2022 do you think it will be released? And what do you think the Netflix content will be? Let us know your thoughts!