The sequel to The Witcher 3 was slated for release in 2022. It was recently announced that it would be delayed for a while.
The disappointing news for fans of The Witcher 3 is that the game’s next-gen upgrade has been postponed, with no estimated timeframe given by developer CD Projekt Red. The Witcher 3’s next-gen upgrade has been delayed from late 2021 to this year, with many believing it will arrive shortly after the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen update. Now, it looks like players will have to wait a little longer for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions.
The Witcher 3, although considered one of the best-looking games at launch, is starting to show a lack of sharpness over time. This is especially true on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game (not to mention the one on the Nintendo Switch), which run at around 30FPS and still don’t support 4K. Following a number of changes and improvements to Cyberpunk 2077, including the release of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades that introduced modern features like ray tracing, high frame rates, and better VFX, Many gamers feel that a similar update for The Witcher 3 is also coming.
Not so, however, as indicated by a post from The Witcher’s Twitter account (via Polygon). In the tweet, CD Projekt Red announced that they have decided to develop the next-gen upgrade, taking over the project from Saber Interactive, the studio behind the Switch version of the game. CD Projekt Red notes that it is still “evaluating the scope” of what needs to be done, which has been cited as the reason for not providing a more specific release date. It’s not clear if they’re starting from scratch or starting from where Saber Interactive left off, nor was there a reason given for CD Projekt Red to take over development from Saber Interactive.
This development could cause trouble in the eyes of many fans of the game. CD Projekt Red recently announced that they will be developing a sequel to the game, hinting that the new title will be a continuation of The Witcher 3 and Geralt’s story. If the popular Polish studio is putting more work behind this next-gen upgrade, that could mean pulling significant attention and resources away from the Witcher development process. next .
Then again, maybe CD Projekt Red is simply trying to release a project as polished as possible. The studio has steadily repaired its reputation since the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 and may have intended to avoid a repeat of that situation. Either way, The Witcher 3 still looks great on PC and consoles, so fans might be waiting a little longer for the next-gen upgrade.
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