November 21, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. by Matthias Brückle – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is over eight years old and continues to be one of the most popular fantasy RPGs on the market, including in the modding community on PC. And she is now really looking forward to 2024 – because the developers have a gift for the hobbyists.
When a fantasy RPG remains one of the greats of the genre more than eight years after its release, as a developer you probably know that you’ve done something right. So that’s what those responsible at CD Projekt are probably thinking when they look at the ongoing sales figures for The Witcher 3. These were boosted again in 2022 with the next-gen version, but 2024 will also make the world of The Witcher 3 even more extensive – but thanks to the community. She gets a great gift from the devs to do whatever she wants. This seems like a farewell gift to the Red Engine, which will be replaced by the Unreal Engine for future CD Projekt games.
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There are already 6,300 mods for The Witcher 3 (buy now for €25.90) on the largest mod platform NexusMods, which is a surprisingly large number because there were no official modding tools until now, as is the case with Skyrim is (over 60,000 mods). The community had to tinker with great effort and restrictions and even came up with the WolvenKit.
But the best thing is of course an official mod tool, which should appear in 2024:
The Witcher 3 will get a gift for creative people from the developers from 2024 (1) Source: CD Projekt
This will make it much easier to make complex changes to the game that go beyond textures (eye colors, HD look, hairstyles) and items (armor, weapons). Brand new quests or even game modes are no longer so absurd. Accordingly, the modding world for The Witcher 3 will also become more accessible if, as expected, the tool is easier to use than WolvenKit.
As one modder aptly puts it on Reddit: “Finally. No more editing cutscenes in Notepad and a real flowchart for quests. It’s frankly amazing what we’ve achieved modding the game without the editor.”
What types of mods for The Witcher 3 do you want? What has not been possible so far? And do you think that the switch to Unreal Engine 5 is, so to speak, a farewell gift for the Red Engine? Write to us in the comments what theories you have about how this release came about!