While initially CD Projekt Red had planned to release next-gen updates for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 in 2021, both were later pushed to 2022. The enhanced version of The Witcher 3 was being developed by Saber Interactive, but CD Projekt Red has since taken over development, which unfortunately means the update has been delayed again.
In a tweet this evening, CD Projekt Red stated: “We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice. We’ll update you as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding.”
The next-gen update for The Witcher 3 is supposed to include a visual overhaul, ray-tracing features and some small pieces of additional content to bring players back in. The update will be free for everyone who already owns The Witcher 3 on PC, Xbox or PlayStation.
While CD Projekt Red did not confirm this, there is a rumour that CD Projekt Red did not want to work with Saber Interactive's Russian office any further, resulting in the decision to bring development back in-house. Previously, Saber Interactive did an excellent job porting The Witcher 3 to the Nintendo Switch.
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KitGuru Says: I've been holding off on my replay of The Witcher 3 for so long due to this upcoming update. It is a shame to see it delayed again, but hopefully we'll see some progress this summer.