Something to sit up for: CD Projekt Red promised to launch a giant replace for hit title The Witcher 3 two years in the past, as an improve for PC and current-gen consoles. The firm has now offered last particulars on the anticipated options, together with ray tracing and varied quality-of-life enhancements.
The Witcher and Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt Red held a deep-dive stream this week (beneath), revealing particulars on a major replace for The Witcher 3. Initially introduced in 2020, the improve arrives on December 14 free of charge to sport homeowners on each PC and consoles.
The first change customers could discover are the graphics. The studio added ray-traced world illumination, ray-traced ambient occlusion, improved textures, improved character fashions, higher LOD distance, and different visible enhancements.
Newly-added DLSS 3 (or DLSS 2 for these with RTX 2000 or 3000 GPUs) and FSR 2.1 ought to enhance body charges regardless of the heavier graphics settings. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series console customers can select between 30fps high quality and 60fps efficiency modes.
Changes to the controls and consumer interface let customers carry out particular in-game actions extra shortly, like switching magic spells. The map performance will obtain extra customization choices for a probably much less intuitive expertise. The replace can even add an elective close-up digicam perspective and a photograph mode.
Some of the additions to the re-release are based mostly on community-made mods with CD Projekt Red’s changes. Other contents within the replace, like outfits and a quest, are based mostly on Netflix’s The Witcher tv collection, which triggered probably the most vital game-sales spike since its 2015 launch.
The Witcher 3 beforehand solely supplied cross-progression between PC and Nintendo Switch, however the replace extends the function to PlayStation and Xbox variations. Now gamers will be capable to switch their saved progress between all platforms. The replace additionally comes with bug fixes for a few particular quests.
The Witcher 3 Complete Edition is only one of a number of tasks CD Projekt Red lately introduced. In October, the corporate talked about plans to launch a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 and 5 extra Witcher video games within the coming years. A remake of the primary Witcher sport, developed by Fool’s Theory, is rebuilding the journey in Unreal Engine 5. So it must be a large enchancment over BioWare’s 15-year-old Aurora Engine.