After several days and months of waiting as well as multiple leaks, CD Projekt RED has finally given a release date for the next-gen patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
CDPR originally confirmed the next-gen update to its best-selling title two years ago and gave it a release date of October 19, 2021 before delaying it to this year then indefinitely and finally pushing it back to fourth quarter of 2022. But, with literally zero concrete news on when it will hit store shelves, fans were bracing for another delay. At least, that was until a game store employee in the UK leaked its December 9 release date.
Now we know that said leak has been missing for just a few days.
According to CDPR, the PS5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on December 14. Unlike other next-gen upgrades for “older” games, CDPR is releasing the upgraded version of the award-winning open-world RPG for free to those who already own an edition of the base game. So if you bought the cheapest version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt right now, you’ll get enhanced visuals, all DLC packs for the game, plus other content releases inspired by Netflix’s The Witcher. , without paying a penny.
Mind you, you don’t need to have a current gen console to take advantage of all the upgrades. CDPR has confirmed that the update will also bring “many improvements” to the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
CDPR’s next-gen patch for its flagship title is a breath of fresh air. It’s free, unlike others on the market where you have to pay the price of a full game for what’s actually just a remaster but repackaged as a remake.
We’re not saying that’s what Naughty Dog did with The Last of Us Part 1 for the PS5 (and PC) but if the shoe fits, why not?
CDPR is currently managing several projects that will keep it busy for the next decade or more. The first is the expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, Phantom Liberty. CDPR is also working on the next The Witcher trilogy, which will debut with The Witcher 4 on Unreal Engine 5. Also, since we’re on the subject, the fan petition to keep Henry Cavill on Netflix’s The Witcher continues to grow. Netflix recently confirmed that Liam Hemsworth will replace Henry as Geralt of Rivia.