CD Projekt Crimson has lastly shared gameplay footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection variations, additionally revealing each improve coming to the next-gen model of the 2015 RPG.
Revealed throughout a CD Projekt Crimson Twitch livestream, a handful of builders outlined the upgraded visuals, model new quests, cross-progression, and extra that is coming to The Witcher 3 when the replace is launched on December 14.
CD Projekt Crimson confirmed that graphics settings will likely be added to console, letting gamers select between 30 frames per second with ray tracing or 60 frames per second with out. This will likely be accessible on all next-gen consoles together with Xbox Collection S.
The DLC primarily based on The Witcher Netflix sequence has additionally been expanded into its personal quest, which rewards the participant with the beforehand introduced armour primarily based on Henry Cavill’s model of Geralt. An alternate outfit has additionally been added for Dandelion, making him appear to be the Netflix sequence’ Jaskier.
A number of quality-of-life-improvements
CD Projekt Crimson has additionally introduced that cross-progression is coming to The Witcher 3 next-gen model, which means gamers will have the ability to share their save between PlayStation 5, Xbox Collection, and PC.
Haptic suggestions has been added to the PS5 model of the sport, vibrating the controller in several methods when gamers conflict swords with enemies or forged magic indicators.
Talking of, quality-of-life enhancements have additionally been made concerning magic wielding. The left bumper activation to change between completely different indicators can now be modified, so when gamers maintain the button down the face buttons change to signify each. Although barely extra superior, this addition is meant to let gamers stay immersed in fight with out having to enter a menu.
Different quality-of-life enhancements embody adjustments to the map, as a brand new filter setting cleans up all of the pesky query marks that fill every of The Witcher 3’s worlds. That is additionally meant so as to add extra immersion to the sport as gamers can encounter completely different occasions extra naturally as an alternative of treating them as a guidelines.
The mini-map has been made extra dynamic in addition to it and on-screen aims will now disappear as gamers discover the world on horseback or combat in fight. It may be introduced up once more with a single button press, nevertheless, retaining Geralt from getting misplaced as he explores The Continent.
Some minor accessibility options have been added too, together with the power to alter the left-stick to auto dash (as an alternative of it being a face button immediate) and extra subtitle settings.
CD Projekt Crimson has additionally addressed a variety of quest bugs and efficiency points alongside bettering varied fashions of foliage and different background options.
For PC, the next-gen replace provides ray tracing alongside extra in depth customisation choices and a brand new picture mode. A brand new digicam angle can also be being added for extra dramatic and cinematic gameplay. The non-obligatory digicam sits a little bit nearer to Geralt and off to at least one facet, considerably akin to The Witcher 3’s authentic reveal trailer.
The Witcher 3 next-gen replace launch is occurring quickly
The subsequent-gen replace was initially anticipated to be launched final 12 months earlier than being delayed twice, with third get together studio Saber Interactive initially creating the brand new model. CD Projekt Crimson took over itself in April 2022, although persevered that the sport was “not in growth hell”.
A This autumn date was set again in Could however many had been nonetheless nervous given the 2 earlier delays, to not point out the approaching finish of the 12 months, however CD Projekt Crimson will seemingly meet its goal having introduced the December date earlier in November.
In our 9/10 overview of the unique launch, IGN mentioned: “Huge in dimension, and meticulously detailed, The Witcher 3 ends Geralt’s story on a excessive notice,” and it additionally received our Sport of the Yr.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and appearing UK information editor. He’ll speak about The Witcher all day.