The Witcher 3 Next Gen Update Coming in December: Free For Current Owners

The next-gen update does not require players to purchase an upgrade path.

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CD Projekt Red has confirmed that the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will arrive on December 14. Those who already own the game will be able to upgrade to the next-gen version of the game for free. The update will be available for players on PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. Details on the next-gen update are still sparse but CDPR has announced a gameplay reveal on REDstreams next week.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most celebrated games of the last decade and has secured a place in history as one of the best games ever made. The game capped off an amazing trilogy and set a new bar for western RPGs and has been massively influential in the RPG genre. The game also has 2 incredible DLCs- Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine, both of which individually add about 20-30 hours of gameplay.

The Witcher 3 by itself is a pretty massive game, with a full comprehensive playthrough taking over 30 hours to see through to the end. The free upgrade path is sure to be music to the fans’ ears as fans cannot wait to see what sorts of next-gen enhancements CDPR has made to the base game.

Also Read: The Witcher Remake Officially Confirmed by CD Projekt Red

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Free Next-Gen Update Arrives on December 14, 2022

CDPR has found solid footing once again as their last big release, Cyberpunk 2077 has found favor with gaming audiences yet again on the back of several massive quality updates and a Netflix adaptation that has massively swayed fan opinion. The Witcher franchise has had several solid outings over the last decade and CDPR believes the franchise is still very much alive in terms of creative and financial viability as the studio has confirmed that a remake of the original Witcher game is now in the works.

The studio has let on that it is currently considering several different projects, including a possible Cyberpunk 2077 sequel. The studio is also currently working on a DLC for Cyberpunk 2077 – Phantom Liberty. The DLC will likely add several hours of gameplay and introduce new mechanics to keep things fresh for fans.

The Witcher franchise also seems to have found a second wind as the remake could potentially be a test run for the game on Unreal Engine 5. CDPR games have, so far, all been developed on the proprietary REDEngine but the studio has confirmed a pivot to Unreal Engine 5.

It will be interesting to see how the core gameplay loop of The Witcher is affected by its development on Unreal Engine 5. UE5 is one of the most exciting bits about next-gen gaming and fans have been chomping at the bit for studios to take full advantage of the tools it offers and deliver the kind of next-gen games that only PS5 and Xbox Series X can.