The Witcher 3 Is Coming to Next-Gen So You Can Put Another 100 Hours Into It

If you've got it on your old console you can upgrade to next-gen for free.

CD Projekt Red has announced that not only will Cyberpunk 2077 be upgrading to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in 2021, but so will its fantasy RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The studio made the announcement through a post on the official Witcher website, where it confirmed that the next-gen package will be The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition, which includes the base game, as well as all its DLC and add-on content. This means you’ll also get both of the game’s expansions: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, which added another few dozen hours to the already lengthy game. According to the post on the site, the next-gen version will feature some visual and technical updates, including ray tracing and faster load times throughout.

CD Projekt Red also confirmed that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions would be available as a free upgrade to anyone who owns the game on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, as well as PC, where the Complete Edition package will also be launching. From the looks of it, you won’t have to jump through any Control: Ultimate Edition-style hoops for this one, as it will be a universal upgrade regardless of which SKU you have. Makes you wonder just what roadblocks 505 Games was referring to in its statement about why only those who owned the Ultimate Edition of Control could upgrade, meaning anyone who bought the base game would have to pay up for the full package before being allowed to freely upgrade to the next-gen version.

In other news:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been out for awhile now, having launched in 2015. But between expansions, re-releases, a Switch port, and people somehow finding new ways to cover it nearly five years later, the game has pretty much been in the public consciousness since it launched. This was recently bolstered by Netflix launching a Witcher series, which, despite not being based on the games specifically, had a major impact on The Witcher 3’s sales after it aired in December.

Whatever next for The Witcher series is unclear at this point, but CD Projekt Red recently closed a deal with Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski to produce more content in the universe. The specifics of the deal include: “video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise” based on Geralt of Rivia and Friends. In the meantime, Netflix is working on a second season of its TV show, which should be released as eight episodes sometime in 2021. The show’s production has been in a precarious state over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with filming being halted back in March after a cast member tested positive for the virus. Production resumed in earnest in July, with filming being back on track by August.

As for me? I’m gonna rewatch that video of Geralt actor Henry Cavill building a PC. Just because.