The countdown has begun for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunts next gen update! The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s next-gen update for the PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PC will be published on December 14, according to CD Projekt Red.
CD Projekt Red has confirmed the December release date in a statement on The Witcher’s official Twitter account (see below), keeping true to its promise of a fourth quarter release. However, CD Projekt Red has stated that this only applies to the game’s digital release and that a physical release date will be disclosed later.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunts Next Gen update
The update, which is free for anyone who previously purchased the game, according to a press release from CD Projekt Red, “includes dozens of visual, performance, and technical enhancements over the original.” These “include a variety of mods integrated into the experience, faster loading times on consoles, support for ray tracing, and many other things.”
The next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming on December 14th, free for everyone who already owns the game.
— The Witcher (@witchergame) November 14, 2022
The next-gen version of The Witcher will include all previously released DLC in addition to new content based on The Witcher Netflix series, CD Projekt Red has stated. More information on these integrated mods and other features will be revealed during a Twitch livestream early next week.
The game was originally planned to be launched last year but was twice postponed; the new version was initially developed by third-party studio Saber Interactive. In April 2022, CD Projekt Red seized over, but they insisted that the game was “not in development hell.”
Given the two prior delays and the approaching end of the year, many people were still concerned even though the Q4 deadline was set back in May. However, it appears that CD Projekt Red will reach its goal.
The original game is remade with Unreal Engine V
Before the PS5 and Xbox Series X launches in September 2020, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s next-generation version was first teased. It was initially scheduled for 2021, but was later moved to 2022. When it debuts in mid-December, the update will now miss that target window by about two weeks.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which debuted in 2015, is still the most recent title in the RPG series. However, CD Projekt Red has stated that it is not the last. The Witcher 4 and an Unreal Engine 5 remake of the original game have both been confirmed by the developer in recent months. While there haven’t been any new games released, fans have been treated to a Netflix adaptation of the series, which was just renewed for Season 4 without its star, Henry Cavill, who played Geralt.
Why is Henry Cavill leaving The Witcher after season 3?
Henry Cavill has frequently discussed his love for all things Witcher ever since he was first cast as Geralt of Rivia.
As far back as 2019, he admitted, “I genuinely enjoy reading these types of books and playing these kinds of games in my spare time” (via Hobby Consolas). It’s not a job to me, Cavill continued. For me, it’s more of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fulfill my fantasies from my youth and adulthood.
That’s why the news that Henry won’t be involved with the show past season three has come as such a shock. Cavill, though, was polite about quitting the program in his own statement and wished Liam the best in his new role.
“The wonderful Mr. Liam Hemsworth will assume the role of the White Wolf in my place. I hand the mantle to Liam with reverence for the time spent inhabiting Geralt and excitement to see his interpretation of this most intriguing and nuanced of individuals, as with the best literary characters. Liam, good sir, enjoy exploring and discovering all that you can about this character. He has such a lovely dimension to him.”
That’s all well and good, but why did Henry ultimately decide to leave The Witcher and break our hearts?
Cavill only signed a “short-term deal,” according to insiders, with The Witcher, according to Deadline, where the news was initially reported. There was no other option after three seasons. And that’s largely due to a demanding production schedule where he had to manage many other significant projects. Additionally, according to those same sources, Henry’s Witcher castmates renegotiated their contracts in preparation for season four.
Most fans assumed right away after hearing the news that Henry Cavill’s departure from The Witcher might have something to do with his other well-known role. Aye, you recognize the one.
To be fair, this announcement’s timing was puzzling. Henry made his long-awaited comeback as Superman just this past week in the Black Adam mid-credits scene. In terms of screen time, it wasn’t a lengthy cameo, but its significance cannot be understated.
For both Cavill and the audience, this has been a long time coming. Despite DC’s larger universe-building challenges, Henry has unquestionably cemented himself as a fan favorite in the role of Superman. For many, he is the ideal Superman.
Superman’s comeback may very well be a part of Warner Bros’ upcoming changes now that Worlds of DC is under new management. After all, Henry has confirmed that this cameo is just “a very small taste of what’s to come” after Dwayne Johnson just said he “fought for years” to bring Cavill back.