CD PROJEKT RED released a next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in December that introduced dozens of visual, performance, and technical enhancements to its acclaimed action RPG, including ray tracing support, but players are now learning that there is actually quite a bit more than that. As demonstrated in screenshots shared in the official Witcher subreddit, the next-gen update also quietly enabled more realistic and detailed genitals in the game, including what some publications have described as fully formed vaginas and pubic hair for select characters. CD PROJEKT RED says that this was a mistake and will be removing the textures.
From a Kotaku report:
In the original Witcher 3, women who were shown in full-frontal nudity had no visible genitals, just a sort of smoothed-over, Barbie doll area. In the next-gen update, which released for free this past December, it seems that the crones from Crookback Bog and the bruxas (the only women NPCs that regularly do full-frontal without any obscuring shots or panties) have landing strip-styled pubic hair and visible labia.
“The next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features several community-sourced mods not created by CD PROJEKT RED, on top of numerous enhancements created and implemented by the studio internally. Merging everything together was a complex process and the textures in question are an unintended result present in the release version. This is something we are working to address.”
Update 2/10/2023 12:22 p.m. ET: CDPR has confirmed to Kotaku via email that the visible labia/pubic hair will be removed “as these textures were not meant to be present in the release version of the game.”