In September, CD Projekt Red announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be getting a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrade in 2021. The next-gen package will be called The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition, which will include the base game and its additional content along with visual and technical upgrades. And it seems some of those upgrades will, in part, happen thanks to the game’s modding community.
Kotaku first caught wind of Halk Hogan, the creator of the famous graphical mod The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project, announcing he has been in contact with the Polish developer regarding the next-gen update.
“It’s been a long time since the last video. I know I announced a new HDRP preview in early March but I was silent the whole time. Sorry for that,” they wrote in a Patreon update posted on May 3. “But in return, I have some good news, and the reasons why I was quiet and why I don’t have too much to show. I think the most important news is that I got an official message from CDPR about cooperation. While it’s not certain yet, it’s very likely that HDRP will be included in the official next generation update. I will inform you what’s next.”
CD Projekt Red confirmed this to Kotaku, stating, “In addition to our own development efforts on the upcoming next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC, we are also in talks with creators of various mods for the 2015 release of the game. As of this time, however, we do not have any binding agreements with any such party.”
Saber Interactive, which handled the game’s Nintendo Switch version, will be involved with this port. One has to wonder: if fans in the modding community will also be involved, to what degree will that be? Will they be compensated properly? CD Projekt Red has certainly been supportive of mods in the past, but this would be something on a different level. Only time will tell — and hopefully for many, it will be before long.
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While we don’t know what’s to come in the future of The Witcher and CD Projekt Red, we know there’s certainly a future in store. Last March, CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński told Eurogamer Poland the company would start producing the next title after the release of Cyberpunk 2077. At the time, he stated work was already underway for another single-player game for which the team had a fairly clear concept waiting to further develop.
While Cyberpunk 2077′s release has certainly gone differently from what the company would’ve liked, CD Projekt Red recently confirmed it had its best financial year yet. As a result, those plans shouldn’t be off the table — especially since the company recently made acquisitions so that it can have multiple games in active development. I miss The Witcher terribly, so this is naturally very convenient for me and millions of people. The title likely won’t be called something like The Witcher 4 since The Witcher was planned as a trilogy. Last month, Doug Cockle — Geralt of Rivia’s voice actor — shared his personal ideas for future possibilities. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any and all news about The Witcher here at Fanbyte.