The Witcher 3 next-gen update on PC reportedly brought performance issues and glitches, dev responds

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Next Gen Update Performance Issues Response

The next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now out. And while it doesn’t quite make monumental changes, the quality of life updates and ray tracing do make it worth diving back into its beautiful world. However, some players have been struggling since it came out. The Witcher 3 next-gen update came with performance issues for some, who are reporting chugging framerate and odd graphical glitches. Developer CD Projekt Red has responded, saying it’s aware of the problems.

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It’s like 2015 all over again. For those who don’t recall, The Witcher 3 didn’t quite launch without a host of performance issues and bugs. It took a few months or so, but things eventually settled down. With the next-gen update, though, The Witcher 3 players are once again experiencing bugs and performance drops. It’s all quite nostalgic, if you can long for a time seven years ago anyway.

Witcher players on reddit have been sharing their experiences with the new update. One user shared an image showing all the water in an area dried up. Another user snapped a shot of Geralt getting chased by his own head — and his hair and beard. Reddit user Wet-N00dles shared their impressive PC specs, which include an RTX 3080 and Ryzen 9 5900X, along with a screenshot showing they were running the game at 34 fps while maxed. And have you seen this chunky grass? It’s rough out there.

CD Projekt Red responds to The Witcher 3 next-gen update performance issues

CD Projekt Red is aware of the problems, and is working on a fix. In a Twitter message earlier today, the Polish developer stated that it is “actively investigating all of the reports and will be providing an update on particular issues as soon as possible.” The issues seem significant enough that a hotfix likely won’t be enough to repair everything. However, we hope that an update to improve the next-gen update for The Witcher 3 is on its way. And soon. I have a horse on a roof to rescue.

Cameron Woolsey
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