The Witcher 3 next-gen version is now launching Q4 2022

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, May 20, 2022 3:26 PM
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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!

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02:40 May-29-2022

Was looking forward to it on this system b4 upgrading, maybe going with AMD this time as AM5 matures & RDNA ? CDPR crapped on their rep with gamer's & doing to much at oncelowing the quality they were once know for. Still a good game to chill with imo.

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19:13 May-26-2022

Cannot wait! I have 400 hours in the original, so I'll happily head back to Kaer Morhen for some ray tracing and other visual goodies :D Anyone remember the trees when the wind would blow? It looked like they were made of rubber lmao. Only thing I hope is fixed!

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09:19 May-24-2022

Played it on my RX480 8Gb model and it looked good then. Just purchased a 6550 XT, That should make a difference:-)

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23:00 May-22-2022

I will believe it when I see it - statements from this developer are useless at this point.

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09:03 May-21-2022

Considering Witcher 3 is on the same engine as Cyberpunk 2077 i expect optimization will be in the gutter. Witcher 3 vanilla still looks better than most triple A games that come out today. This remaster is a cashgrab. If you want better textures theres a mod for it. At least its going to be free for current owners of the game.

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06:47 May-24-2022

Isn't it a free upgrade?

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17:11 May-20-2022

I'd say December 2023... Generally there's 3 crunchs before release

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