witcher 3 next-gen upgrade delayed

The free next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3 gets delayed until 2022


The free next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been delayed until next year, CD Projekt Red announced. While the upgrade is more suited for those on newer consoles, it is heading to PC owners as well with some new enhancements. The update gives The Witcher 3 ray tracing, along with some visual enhancements. Well, it will, but in 2022.

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The Polish developer revealed the news in a Twitter post this morning. It was actually a two-parter announcement, bringing along news on the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 as well. Both games are getting some major touch-ups for owners of consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. However, it’s the free upgrade for The Witcher 3 that should intrigue PC players.


CD Projekt has been mum on what the update fully entails, but it was planning on dropping it this year. In a report, the company mentions both updates were scheduled for 2021. However, the company decided that it needed to “allocate additional time to both projects.” As of now, the update for The Witcher 3 will release in Q2 (April to June) of 2022. The update for Cyberpunk 2077, on the other hand, will arrive first.

The Witcher 3 free next-gen update, bringing ray tracing and more

What will we get with the update? As mentioned, the company has only briefly entailed its contents. However, it did confirm that The Witcher 3 will get a “range of visual and technical improvements,” such as ray tracing and faster load times (mostly likely for consoles, let’s be honest). Hopefully, the company will throw in DLSS support for good measure. To be frank, the PC version of the game is still the best, and the console update exists mostly to reach parity with all platforms — excluding the Nintendo Switch.

Still, seeing Geralt in a bathtub with ray-traced water is going to be a feast for the eyes.

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