CD Projekt Red Details The Witcher 3’s Next-Gen Version – Will Be Developed Externally

CD Projekt Red Details The Witcher 3's Next-Gen Version - Will Be Developed Externally

CD Projekt Red Details The Witcher 3’s Next-Gen Version – Will Be Developed Externally

Next year, The Witcher 3 will receive free next-generation upgrades for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. With these new versions, games can expect visual upgrades, new graphical features and support for ray tracing.

Now, CD project Red has confirmed that the development of these new versions of The Witcher 3 will not interfere with the release of Cyberpunk 2077, or its planned next-generation upgrades, as The Witcher 3’s next-generation versions will be developed externally.  

Saber Interactive is the developer behind The Witcher 3’s upcoming next-generation releases, a “proven partner” of CD Projekt Red who are very familiar with The Witcher 3’s engine and technology. Saber Interactive is the studio behind The Witcher 3’s Switch version and the game’s 4K patches for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Aside from CD Projekt Red themselves, Saber Interactive are the only developer who has the expertise to guarantee a successful next-generation release of The Witcher 3.  Below is what CD Projekt Red’s Adam Kicinski has to say about Saber Interactive. 


    Regarding The Witcher 3 and its nextgen version: this project is developed outside, with our proven partner who had delivered the 4K version of The Witcher 3 and The Witcher 3 for Switch, so they already know our technology very well – so we asked them to prepare the next-gen port, and as I said during my presentation, we expect a full next-gen experience, with great next-gen features, but it doesn’t interfere with next-gen development of CP (Cyberpunk 2077).


What will The Witcher 3’s next-generation version offer PC/console gamers?

The Witcher 3’s next-generation release will be designed to make explicit use of next-generation hardware, offering gamers faster load times, new graphical features and support for ray tracing. 

On all next-generation platforms, including PC, The Witcher 3 will be updated to “to take advantage of the most powerful gaming hardware”, adding a “range of visual and technical improvements” which will include ray tracing and faster loading times. These benefits will be incorporated across the base game and all of The Witcher 3’s expansions/extra content.  


CD Projekt Red Details The Witcher 3's Next-Gen Version - Will Be Developed Externally

CD Projekt Red has confirmed that The Witcher 3’s next-generation upgrades will be available for free to all existing owners of The Witcher 3 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This is especially good news for PC gamers, as PC gamers require no platform upgrades to access The Witcher 3’s next-generation version. That said, hardware upgrades may be necessary to utilise The Witcher 3’s upgraded graphical feature set. 

Below is what CD Projekt Red’s Michal Nowakowski has to say about The Witcher 3’s PC upgrades. In 2020, The Witcher 3 will look better than ever on PC. 


   So, for The Witcher 3 I believe Adam mentioned that before, there will be update as well – mind you, on PC the situation is a little bit different because there’s no actual switch between platforms or anything of the kind, like with consoles, but there will be a patch adding visual quality and a few extra features and of course we’re not going to charge people for a patch – it’s something they’re going to download and it will upgrade their game; upgrade their experience – but we’re not going to ask them for extra money. If you have your game on PC, you’ll just download an update – and the game will continue to cost what it currently does on the PC market. We consider it an upgrade of the currently existing game.  


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Next Generation Upgrades are coming to The Witcher 3- Including Ray tracing