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CD PROJEKT RED has announced that the The Witcher 3’s next-generation versions for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S have been hit with another delay. The updates will no longer debut in Q2 as expected, and what’s worse is that the company doesn’t seem to have a firm idea yet as to when they’ll finally be released. The delay has been attributed to the studio having to move some of the development work for the project in-house.

CD PROJEKT RED originally announced The Witcher 3’s next-gen versions in September 2020, updated editions of the RPG that would feature a range of visual and technical improvements that include ray tracing and faster loading times. It will be available as both a standalone release and separate update that’s free to anyone who already owns a copy of The Witcher 3 on PC, Xbox One, and/or PlayStation 4.

“We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” the company tweeted. “We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice. We’ll update you as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding.”

CD PROJEKT RED teased the cover art for the next-generation version of The Witcher 3 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S last summer. The company also confirmed at the time that the latest edition of the game would include content inspired by Netflix’s streaming series, which stars Henry Cavill in the role of the franchise’s most notable Witcher, Geralt of Rivia.

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We’re working on the next generation edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt! (The Witcher)

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.

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1 comment

  1. I think a number of us saw this coming. Months of no word or real progress updates, and then delays, never point to a good resolution.

    Here's hoping they've got the staff they need to do it right. I am looking forward to the RTX implementation for PC, assuming they still plan to do that. I'm purposefully holding off on any more playthroughs until this comes out.

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