The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is always getting new updates, and CD Projekt Red has detailed what to expect when the next major update arrives on December 14.
One of the big new features added on PC is a photo mode, which will allow players to take photos and share them. There will be an upcoming photo fashion contest later, the studio said. Fans have been wondering if the game will ever get a photo mode for years, and now it’s finally coming.
Additionally, a new camera mode is coming to PC that brings the camera closer to Geralt. Players can mix and match camera setup for different situations like exploration, combat, and Roach driving.
The Witcher 3 also adds ray tracing and ambient occlusion on PC, as well as “ultra-plus” settings on PC that introduce more detail to background characters and environmental elements.
For PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S, gamers can expect Performance and Quality modes that let gamers choose whether they want to prioritize performance (higher frame rate) or quality (better visuals). Additionally, PS5 and Xbox Series X players will get ray tracing, ambient occlusion, and other graphics features. These won’t come to the less powerful Series S, but it does offer 30fps and 60fps options.
On PS5, The Witcher 3 will use haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the DualSense controller, so players will “feel” the action when striking an enemy with a sword or performing magic. There will also be a special new mode where players can hold L2 and use the face buttons to throw signs instead of having to access the radial menu each time.
There are a variety of other quality of life updates that come with the update, including new walk and jog options for Geralt and the ability to change the size of in-game subtitles. Cutscenes should also be improved to address any stuttering issues that may appear. Additionally, players can pause in-game cutscenes with the new update. Full patch notes will be shared closer to launch, the developers said, teasing that there will be more “surprises” to come.
Content inspired by Netflix’s Witcher TV show is also coming to The Witcher 3, including swords based on what Henry Cavill used in Season 1 and Season 2. Additionally, cross-progression is coming to The Witcher 3, so players can switch between platforms to move forward more easily.
As for why CD Projekt Red continues to support The Witcher 3 in this way, the game has sold over 40 million copies and it continues to be popular thanks in part to the Netflix TV series. A fourth Witcher game is currently in development, in addition to a remake of the original Witcher.
The new update arrives on December 14 alongside the Complete Edition, which includes the base game, all DLC, and the two major expansions: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. At launch, the Complete Edition will be digital only, but a physical version will arrive later.
For anyone who already owns The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, they can get the next-gen upgrades for free.
As for Netflix’s Witcher series, season 3 is coming in the summer of 2023. Season 4 is also in the works, but Henry Cavill drops out and will be replaced by Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth.
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