CD Projekt Red has announced that The Witcher 3 will get a next-gen upgrade.
The game will feature a “range of visual and technical improvements”.
If you own the game, you will get a free next-gen upgrade.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is by far one of the best open-world games this console generation has seen. It has a deep complex story where your choices affect the outcome, engaging combat and a vast open world. The developer behind the game, CD Projekt Red has announced that the game will receive an upgrade for the next generation consoles.
The developer says, “We’re working on the next-generation edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt! Developed to take advantage of the most powerful gaming hardware, the next-gen edition of the game will feature a range of visual and technical improvements — including ray tracing and faster loading times — across the base game, both expansions, and all extra content. The next-generation edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release as a standalone purchase for PC, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, as well as a free update for everyone who already owns the game on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”
The Witcher 3 is coming to the next generation!
— The Witcher (@witchergame) September 4, 2020
The cherry on the cake is that you don't need to purchase the game once again on the next-gen consoles to take advantage of the new features. If you own the game on your current-gen console, then the upgrade for next-gen is free for you.
The Witcher 3 isn’t the only game that will receive a free next-gen upgrade from CD Projekt Red. The developers upcoming game, Cyberpunk 2077 which is slated to hit the PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 19, 2020, will also see a free next-gen upgrade. There is no launch date revealed for the next-gen version of the Witcher or Cyberpunk 2077.
The fact that CD Projekt Red is offering a free next-gen version for its upcoming and existing game is starkly different from what some of the other publishers in the world of gaming are doing. Remedy Entertainment’s Control (review), for example, is a game where players will have to purchase Control Ultimate Edition to be able to get a free next-gen upgrade.
While games for the next-gen consoles have been announced the one thing we don't know is the price and release date of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. You can check out the speculated prices and release date of the next-gen consoles here.