One of the best games of the last decade is about to get even better, and it’s free for those who already own it! CD Projekt Red has finally revealed what will be included in the next-gen upgrade of The Witcher III, and even showed a bit of it in action with a new trailer. The long wait for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions definitely seems to have been worth it, and fans are already mesmerizing in the shadow, reflection, and foliage improvements shown in the trailer.
During a live stream on Wednesday, the developers at CDPR detailed what players can expect when the update goes live after a year’s delay December 14, 2022 appears. One of the biggest changes for console owners will be the ability to choose between a performance and graphics mode, while PC gamers will have the option to choose a more zoomed camera view that will give the game a movie-like feel. Overall, the changes seem geared toward making the critically acclaimed open-world RPG even more visually stunning and player-friendly.
Here’s the trailer:
And here are all the improvements in the free upgrade:
60fps performance mode or 30fps with ray tracing (except on Series S) Haptic feedback on PS5 Over-the-shoulder camera and photo mode on PC Cross-save between PS5, Series X/S and PC Witcher character shortcuts Map filter to Removed the plethora of “?” symbols Option to hide the mini-map while riding or in combat Larger fonts for subtitles Quest line for acquiring equipment inspired by Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Geralt in the Netflix series Optional Netflix-style costumes for Ciri, Yennifer, Triss, Delphinium and Nilfgaardian Soldiers Other, more detailed graphics options, updates and bug fixes
Fans have already started studying the trailer above, which aired during the livestream, for clues as to what the upgraded version will look like. Along with shinier surfaces in the rain and stronger contrasts between reflections and shadows, the world as a whole just looks a bit more crisp and detailed, and in some ways is closer to the stunning E3 presentation of The Witcher III that players admired back in 2013.
Players accused CDPR of turning down the game’s performance when the final 2015 version didn’t look exactly as originally envisioned. While that’s to be expected, The Witcher III is in the unusual position of looking better and better over time thanks to the new cycle of consoles, especially on PC, where a new Ultra Plus settings option takes the now seven-year-old game to the extreme will drift.