The Witcher 3’s free next-gen update will be available later this year in December and CDPR has just announced a gameplay reveal scheduled for November 24, 10:30 PM (Indian Standard Time). The stream will include footage from the next-gen version of the game and it will interesting to see how the game holds up and performs on newer systems.
Despite its status as one of the greatest games ever made, The Witcher 3’s launch all the way back in 2013 was mired by a ton of performance issues. Over time, the game has gotten significantly better and CD Projekt Red will probably take things up a notch and polish the overall feel of the game for next-gen systems.
In terms of content, there is no way The Witcher 3 could possibly be more packed as the game, as well as the DLCs, provide more than 100 hours of gameplay. So it stands to reason that the next-gen update will include a performance upgrade at most, and perhaps a few tweaks to the controls. The next-gen update will be free for players who already own The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PS4/Xbox One.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Free Next-Gen Update to Launch in December
Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23rd at 6PM CET to REDstreams and see what's coming to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the FREE next-gen update this December!
— The Witcher (@witchergame) November 22, 2022
This is a pretty exciting period for CD Projekt Red as they have multiple projects currently in the pipeline. After the next-gen update, the next big release from the Polish developers is the Phantom Liberty, a highly-anticipated DLC for Cyberpunk 2077, which has had one heck of a resurgence. The game recently saw an uptick in active players, with more than a million players actively playing the game every day over the course of one week in October.
Other massive projects include a remake of the original Witcher game on Unreal Engine 5. This marks a massive transitional period for CD Projekt Red as the studio will be pivoting from having used the proprietary REDEngine to Unreal Engine 5. It will be interesting to see what alterations it brings to the core mechanics of The Witcher.
There is a good chance that a remake of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is predicated on the success of The Witcher remake. However, there is a certain sense of fatigue setting in around the concept of remakes as a large portion of studios’ offerings in the AAA space have consisted of remakes and remasters of previously-known titles.
While the quality of remakes has been generally good, fans have grown increasingly weary of them over the years. Remakes tend to be a safe financial move on the part of the publisher, so it is no surprise that the last couple of years has seen more than a couple dozen remakes of classic titles.