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The Witcher 3 Next-Gen update has been a long time coming, and we finally got our first look at it. CD Projekt Red has revealed a lot of new information about the update along with a trailer. The update reworks the graphics, HUD customizations and many other new features.
CDPR in today’s Twitch stream brought us our first look The Witcher 3 Next generation update. And we have to say, it looks phenomenal. With all the new textures and graphical improvements, the game manages to feel familiar yet brand new at the same time. But there is much more to it than just graphics. You can watch the trailer here:
Here are all the changes and improvements announced in today’s stream from the vanilla game:
The Witcher 3 originally came out in 2015 and almost 7 years later is still holding up well. CDPR has made the game look even better with reworked textures. The update also includes reworked foliage and improved textures. The grass, the water and generally the whole environment has been improved. A new ultra plus mode for the graphics has been added to the PC version, but it requires a powerful PC.
It also adds ray tracing to The Witcher 3 so that the shadows, reflections and lighting look sharp. Ray-tracing also comes with support for Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR 2.0. So if you have supported hardware, you can crank up the settings and maintain a good frame rate without sacrificing quality much.
As for the console version, the update will include both quality and performance modes. Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 can run the game with ray tracing at 30 FPS. While to get 60 FPS you need to switch to performance mode. The Xbox Series S also has 60 FPS, but of course at a lower quality than top-tier consoles. In addition, FSR 2.0 will also be supported on the consoles. For PS5 users, integrations with the Dual Sense controller have also been made.
You can now change Geralt’s walking style with your thumb. So if you push it a little, Geralt will walk, and pushing all the way makes him run. You have two options to run faster now. You can do it like the older game and press ‘X’ or you can also press the joystick. This can be changed in the menu. Another big difference is Geralt’s character. You can use quick signs, so instead of opening the sign menu and slowing down the game, you can change the signs on the fly. This can also be disabled in the menu.
In the vanilla game, you couldn’t pause the cutscenes. This was understandably frustrating as it could force you to skip certain scenes. With the next generation update, you can pause the scenes. Many changes have been made to HUD. You can now completely remove the mini card and get a clean experience.
Subtitle resizing was also something that was not present in the original game, but has been added through the update. Certain changes have also been made to the map. If you had a problem with quests appearing randomly on the map with a ‘?’, you can now disable it completely. Bugs in certain quests have also been removed.
The next-gen update finally adds photo mode to The Witcher 3. Although there were solutions for taking screenshots, they couldn’t offer what dedicated photo mode does. You can change angles, facial expressions and much more through the photo mode. So we expect a lot of screenshots from the game to come after the update.
Cross-progression is always good to have. Let’s say you played the game on a console and now have a PC. Logging into the servers will transfer all your data to the new device and you can continue your progress. The crossover process will work across platforms.
New content from the Netflix Witcher series is also coming to the game. There will be a new quest that has not been revealed to avoid spoilers. In addition, Geralt’s Netflix armor and Dandelion’s costume from the series will also be added.
That’s all revealed in the first look trailer for The Witcher 3 next-gen update. CDPR representatives have stated that more will be revealed through patch notes prior to the update’s release. The update will be released on December 14, 2022 and will be available for free to those who already own the game on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
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