CD Projekt RED recently went live to discuss all of the upcoming features that will be included in the Next-Gen Update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Senior Community Manager Amelia Koat led the livestream, and was joined by Community Manager Alicja Kozera, Acting Narrative Director Philipp Weber, and Engineering Director Charles Tremblay. You can watch the footage of the REDstreams | The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Next-Gen Update Walkthrough on the official CD Projekt RED Twitch channel.
The next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be completely free to those who already own the game on PCs and consoles. As with the previous update, developers intend to bring the best gaming experience possible to players with the next-gen update. The following is a rundown of the upcoming features in the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:
- Ray Traced Global Illumination on PC, Xbox Series, and PS5
- Higher Quality Textures, Foliage, and visual improvements in every area
- Photo Mode
- Performance and Quality Modes on PS5 and Xbox Series
- Gameplay and Combat improvements
- Cutscenes can now be paused
- New Subtitles
As revealed in the livestream, the majority of the next additions will focus on enhancing the game’s visual aspects, allowing players to explore the open world with a realistic level of immersion. Moreover, players would be able to adjust the game’s quality to whatever level is optimal for their consoles since an option for both a 60 FPS performance mode and a 30 FPS performance mode will be made available.
The new Photo Mode, which will display The Witcher 3’s stunning visuals, integrates all of the recently added customization options. Within the Photo Mode, there will be a range of adjustments that may be applied to produce stunning shots. The more realistic atmosphere will be emphasized even further thanks to the revised foliage, enhanced textures, and Level of Detail. The walkthrough for the next-gen update also revealed that cutscenes can now be paused and that new subtitles will be added to reach a wider audience.
The Free next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 & PC on December 14th, 2022!