Witcher 3 next-gen update includes ray tracing, DLSS, photo mode, QoL improvements

Some pleasure: CD Projekt RED promised to release a major update for hit title The Witcher two years ago, as an upgrade for PC and current-gen consoles. The company has now provided final details of the expected features, including ray tracing and various quality-of-life improvements

The Witcher and Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt Red held a deep-dive stream this week (below), revealing details of a significant update for The Witcher 3 . Originally announced in 2020, the upgrade arrives on December 14 for free to game owners on both PCs. and the console.

The first change users may notice is the graphics. Studio adds ray-traced global illumination, ray-traced ambient occlusion, improved textures, improved character models, better LOD distances, and other visual improvements.

The newly added DLSS 3 (or DLSS 2 for those with an RTX 2000 or 3000 GPU) and FSR 2.1 should improve frame rates even at heavier graphics settings. PlayStation 5 and Xbox series console users can choose between 30fps quality and 60fps performance modes.

Changes to the controls and user interface allow users to perform certain in-game actions more quickly, such as changing magic spells. Maps functionality will get more customization options for a potentially less intuitive experience. The update will add an optional close-up camera perspective and a photo mode.

Some of the additions to the re-release are based on community-created mods, including CD Projekt RED. Other content in the update, such as costumes and a quest, is based on Netflix’s The Witcher television series, which caused the most significant game-sales spike since its 2015 launch.

The Witcher 3 previously only offered cross-progression between PC and Nintendo Switch, but the update extends the feature to the PlayStation and Xbox versions. Now players will be able to transfer their saved progress between all platforms. The update comes with bug fixes for a few specific quests.

The Witcher 3 Complete Edition CD Projekt RED is one of several projects announced recently. In October, the company mentioned plans to release Cyberpunk 2077 and five more Witcher game sequels in the coming years. The remake of the first Witcher game, developed by Fool’s Theory, is rebuilding the adventure in Unreal Engine 5. So it should be a vast improvement over BioWare’s 15-year-old Aurora engine.