The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update Hits Xbox Series X|S on December 14

Summary

  • Next-gen update is free for all current owners of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One.
  • Includes Performance and Quality modes, the latter implements Ray Tracing features.
  • Community-made mods and CD Projekt Red gameplay/content additions are baked into the game.
  • Features free Netflix “The Witcher” series-inspired DLC, including a new quest.
  • Cross progression lets you bring saves from and to other platforms.

Get ready to explore the dark fantasy realm of the Continent in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update. Whether you’re stepping into Geralt of Rivia’s shoes for the first time, or you’re a hundred-hour monster-slaying veteran, there’s plenty of reasons to immerse yourself in this vast world of choice and consequence this winter. The next-gen update for Xbox Series X|S arrives on December 14. It’s free for all current owners of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One, and is packed with improvements, new features, and extra content to bring this beloved RPG into a more modern context. So, let’s see what’s in store!

First, technical upgrades. Xbox Series X players can select from Performance and Quality modes. Performance prioritizes framerate at 60FPS, while Quality prioritizes visual fidelity at 30FPS. In Quality mode, Ray Tracing comes into play with Ray Traced global illumination and ambient occlusion bringing more realistic overall lighting and surface lighting effects. Xbox Series S players can select between dedicated 30FPS and 60FPS modes, with the former presenting the game with better textures and at higher resolutions, and the latter presenting a smooth 60FPS experience. In addition, Xbox Series X benefits from FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), a powerful upscaling technology which boosts framerate, and uses a spatial upscaling algorithm to maintain high visual quality.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update

The next-gen update also comes with integrated mods. The modding scene for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has always been vibrant and impressive, and we’ve curated a selection of mods to include improvements with a wide scope, such as reworked textures and character models up to 4K, refreshed monster models, visual bug fixes, immersion tweaks, and even map inconsistency fixes. It’s been great to implement community-made mods to help make this version of the game as beautiful, consistent, and up-to-modern-standards as possible.

We also have gameplay/content additions created by CD Projekt Red in-house. We scoured hundreds of mods and community requests to see what would make smart additions, and the effect is a more streamlined gameplay experience, with our own improvements on textures, character models, and cutscenes added as well. There are too many to mention here, but some additions of note include quick sign casting, making it simpler and more intuitive to cast Witcher signs in combat (no need to fiddle around with the radial menu and accidentally choose Yrden when you want Igni), more UI and map customization options, an alternative camera, environmental and character model improvements — enjoy the vastly better looking vegetation — faster herb looting that skips the loot selection window, and bug fixes which resolve some issues that the community has been aware of for quite some time.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update

As for new content, Witcher worlds are colliding with free DLC inspired by “The Witcher” Netflix series. We know this will be the first time some players will be playing Wild Hunt, and it’s likely that a number of these players will come to the game after watching the live-action Netflix series. Now players will be able to equip items and gear inspired by both seasons 1 & 2! We have two new armor sets and a steel and silver sword for Geralt to wield, an alternate outfit for Dandelion, and new armor for Nilfgaardian soldiers. And tying into this batch of free DLC is an all-new quest, “In the Eternal Fire’s Shadow”. These additions bring something cool for old and new players alike, bridging the worlds of the show and the game while also giving experienced players some fresh gear and some new action in the form of the quest. These items and the quest are also coming to Xbox One, by the way!

Another cool feature to bring attention to here is cross progression. Xbox players will now be able to seamlessly take their saves to other platforms thanks to the Cloud. Say you have an old save from six or seven years ago on your Xbox One — well, now you can portal that save into the next generation on Xbox Series X|S and finish up your playthrough!

There are many other elements that players will see when they get their hands on the game, and you can see the game in action on a recent REDStreams broadcast. This next-gen update is free for all current owners on Xbox One. And if you own the GOTY Edition, you’ll get a free upgrade to the Complete Edition, which includes the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions. Right now, save big on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt during the Xbox Black Friday sale ahead of the next-gen update.

This is a super special release for us. Veteran players get to rediscover what they loved about the game with a fresh, next-gen lens, and new players are in the envious position of discovering this epic RPG for the first time in the best way possible. That’s definitely something to be jealous of!

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition

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$49.99
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THE MOST AWARDED GAME OF A GENERATION NOW ENHANCED FOR THE NEXT ABOUT THE GAME You are Geralt of Rivia, mercenary monster slayer. Before you stands a war-torn, monster-infested continent you can explore at will. Your current contract? Tracking down Ciri — the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world. The Complete Edition contains the base game, offering a huge, over 100-hour long, open-world adventure, as well as both of its massive story expansions: Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine worth an extra 50 hours of gameplay! It also comes with all additional content released for the game, alongside new items including swords, armor, and alternate outfits inspired by The Witcher Netflix series — and more! UPDATED FOR XBOX SERIES X|S Behold the dark fantasy world of the Continent like never before! The Xbox Series X|S version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been enhanced with numerous visual and technical improvements, including vastly improved level of detail, faster loading times, a range of community created and newly developed mods for the game, real-time ray tracing, and more — all implemented with the power of the new consoles in mind — as well as a built-in Photo Mode. PLAY AS A HIGHLY TRAINED MONSTER SLAYER FOR HIRE Trained from early childhood and mutated to gain superhuman skills, strength, and reflexes, witchers are a counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live. • Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions, and combat magic. • Hunt down a wide variety of exotic monsters, from savage beasts prowling mountain passes to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadowy back alleys of densely populated cities. • Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armor, or spend them on horse races, card games, fist fighting, and other pleasures life brings. EXPLORE A MORALLY AMBIGUOUS FANTASY OPEN WORLD Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The Witcher sets new standards in terms of size, depth, and complexity. • Traverse a fantastical open world: explore forgotten ruins, caves, and shipwrecks, trade with merchants and dwarven smiths in cities, and hunt across the open plains, mountains, and seas. • Deal with treasonous generals, devious witches, and corrupt royalty to provide dark and dangerous services. • Make choices that go beyond good & evil, and face their far-reaching consequences. TRACK DOWN THE CHILD OF PROPHECY Take on the most important contract of your life: to track down the child of prophecy, the key to saving or destroying this world. • In times of war, chase down the child of prophecy, a living weapon foretold by ancient elven legends. • Struggle against ferocious rulers, spirits of the wilds, and even a threat from beyond the veil – all hell-bent on controlling this world. • Define your destiny in a world that may not be worth saving.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD PROJEKT S.A.

1963
$39.99
Xbox One X Enhanced
THE MOST AWARDED GAME OF A GENERATION NOW ENHANCED FOR THE NEXT ABOUT THE GAME You are Geralt of Rivia, mercenary monster slayer. Before you stands a war-torn, monster-infested continent you can explore at will. Your current contract? Tracking down Ciri — the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world. Updated to the latest version, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes with new items including swords, armor, and alternate outfits inspired by The Witcher Netflix series — and more! UPDATED FOR XBOX SERIES X|S Behold the dark fantasy world of the Continent like never before! The Xbox Series X|S version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been enhanced with numerous visual and technical improvements, including vastly improved level of detail, faster loading times, a range of community created and newly developed mods for the game, real-time ray tracing, and more — all implemented with the power of the new consoles in mind — as well as a built-in Photo Mode. PLAY AS A HIGHLY TRAINED MONSTER SLAYER FOR HIRE Trained from early childhood and mutated to gain superhuman skills, strength, and reflexes, witchers are a counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live. • Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions, and combat magic. • Hunt down a wide variety of exotic monsters, from savage beasts prowling mountain passes to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadowy back alleys of densely populated cities. • Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armor, or spend them on horse races, card games, fist fighting, and other pleasures life brings. EXPLORE A MORALLY AMBIGUOUS FANTASY OPEN WORLD Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The Witcher sets new standards in terms of size, depth, and complexity. • Traverse a fantastical open world: explore forgotten ruins, caves, and shipwrecks, trade with merchants and dwarven smiths in cities, and hunt across the open plains, mountains, and seas. • Deal with treasonous generals, devious witches, and corrupt royalty to provide dark and dangerous services. • Make choices that go beyond good & evil, and face their far-reaching consequences. TRACK DOWN THE CHILD OF PROPHECY Take on the most important contract of your life: to track down the child of prophecy, the key to saving or destroying this world. • In times of war, chase down the child of prophecy, a living weapon foretold by ancient elven legends. • Struggle against ferocious rulers, spirits of the wilds, and even a threat from beyond the veil – all hell-bent on controlling this world. • Define your destiny in a world that may not be worth saving.