CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt finally received a massive update in which developers focused on improving graphics, adding new quests and side missions, as well as a new armor set that is based on Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher.
We’ve explored The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt again and will share our thoughts on the next-gen version that was released on December 14, 2022. If you already own a copy, the update is completely free but doesn’t include the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine DLCs. The next-generation DLC will take up 50 GB of storage on all gaming consoles, including the PC.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt first debuted on May 18, 2015, and has won our hearts with its immersive character development and scriptwriting. The game has won more than 200 games of the year awards and is known to be one of the greatest video games ever made. However, games like Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarök have gradually begun raising the standards of action/adventure RPGs.
Changes Coming To All Consoles
Knowing the quality of The Witcher’s game story and the franchise’s ever-growing fan base, developers CD Projekt Red have brought about huge improvements throughout the game, such as improved textures and graphics.
One of the main objectives for CD Projekt Red was to make The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen feel a lot more modern by retexturizing and upgrading the game to a higher resolution. In the remastered edition, you will be quick to notice lusher forests and grass, new and more polished-looking creatures, as well as newly designed NPCs, and a lot more.
Below we have listed a few changes that vary depending on the gaming console you use:
Ray Tracing – A technology that helps render the visuals of the game to make them more immersive and realistic with brightened colors.
DLSS – Deep Learning Super Samples uses AI to boost your performance and FPS
Ultra+Settings – If you have the newest and latest graphics driver, you have the ability to run the game in Ultra+Setting which improves texturing around every object and NPC.
Xbox Series S/X & PlayStation 5 Consoles
Ray Tracing – Players have the ability to choose performance mode, which enables 60 fps, or they can use ray tracing, which runs the game at 30 fps but produces a crisp 4K output with dynamic resolution.
Haptic Feedback – Exclusively for PlayStation 5, and cannot be simulated on PC.
Walking options (optional) – Players will have the option to not always sprint, and instead, can control how fast their character runs.
Additional Features Added to the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen
Photomode – The game has several landscapes you’d want to get off Roach to take a screenshot of to share with your friends on Discord. This is now possible in-game with a simple click of a button. For the PC, press ‘U.’ For Xbox, press ‘LS & RS.’ For the PlayStation 5, press ‘L3 & R3.’ You’ll also be able to change the weather, the exposure, along with other quick editing tools through the game itself.
Alternative Camera – Another needed feature and confirmation that CD Projekt Red listens to their fans. Players have two choices of camera angles to choose from: default and classic; or you can opt for the cinematic experience.
The Witcher has always been heavy on combat as well as the use of signs. One of the key changes in the Next-Gen update is the ability to quickly cast spells. You can cast the required spell by holding down the triangle button and selecting any of the arrow keys on the controller.
This means no more slow-motion action sequences in-between fights, which may take some getting used to!
Changes To The Map
While pulling up the world map, regular players find it quite frustrating to navigate through hundreds of icons, only to locate the one shop where you can find the most extravagant items. Developers have now added the ability to filter out unnecessary locations and only provide the information that’s needed.
The filters you can apply are:
Merchants and Craftsmen
New Quest Based On Netflix’s Witcher & Rewards
You’ve probably been unable to find the quest or are simply looking for the armor that the DLC is said to have released. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to complete a quest called ‘In the Eternal Fire’s Shadow’ that begins in the Velen, situated in Northern Temeria.
Upon completing the quest, you will be rewarded with the same set of armor that was featured in Netflix’s The Witcher series, which is called ‘Forgotten Wolven Armor.’
The update also featured an updated look for the Nilfgaardian army that matches season one’s Netflix Witcher series, which is a choice players can toggle on or off. Along with the ability to change the armor of an entire army, players can also make Ciri, Yennefer, and Jaskier the Dandelion match the show’s appearance.
Additionally, players will be able to don Chinese-inspired armor and Korean-inspired swords as they celebrate the completion of the voiceovers for these languages.
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