The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Will Receive Enhanced Edition on PS5 and Xbox Series X
As we get closer and closer to the holiday season, the release of Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles looms in the distance. It seems like every other day we receive word or news related to the next-gen consoles, even if it's never the more specific info like release dates and prices. Rather, the news usually trends more towards the game side of things. This latest story is one of those. While they're busy finishing up one of this year's biggest games (Cyberpunk 2077), the team over at CD Projekt Red has a treat in store for Witcher fans. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will be making its way to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC!
To be clear, this new edition of the game comes with several improvements that take advantage of next-generation hardware capabilities. When you look at what the next generation of consoles have to offer as far as improvements go, the two big things that always crop up are ray tracing and faster load times. This new edition of Witcher 3 utilizes both of those things. Ray tracing lighting can be seen in some early adopters of the technology, such as Remedy's Control from last year. The faster load times will be a great plus as well, since The Witcher 3 certainly had some longer ones. As with the other Complete Edition put out for the game on current consoles, this version comes with all previously released DLC and story goodies. It's everything you remember about The Witcher 3... just a lot prettier!
CD Projekt has a good reputation among the gaming community for always offering free goodies, upgrades, and expansions with their games. This next-gen transition is no exception. The enhanced edition of The Witcher 3 will be available sometime next year as a free upgrade for anyone who currently owns the game. Curiously, though, this free upgrade only includes people on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Witcher 3's Switch port wasn't included in the announcement. CD Projekt plans to make this new version of the game available as a standalone purchase for anyone who doesn't own the game, so it's not clear if Switch players will receive the new version at all. In a way, this makes sense, as the enhanced edition aims to improve the game through next-gen technology, the likes of which the Switch doesn't currently use. There have been some rumors here and there of Nintendo announcing a beefed-up Switch model sometime next year, but we'll just have to see if that comes to pass.
The team didn't have an exact date for the enhanced edition outside of a 2021 window. The best part about this news is that it brings The Witcher 3 to even more players than before, offering plenty of ways to play one of the best RPGs of this generation. The Witcher 3 is available currently on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. The Switch port came a lot later down the line compared to the other platforms (though to be fair, the Switch didn't even exist when Wild Hunt released in 2015). It's a rather impressive port that manages to fit the game onto the Switch with very little visual downgrade, and it also allows people to play Witcher 3 on the go.