WitcherCon has come and gone and we received an update on CDPR's The Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrades. This is despite the show being mainly themed around the Netflix show. Well, the announcement ties in nicely with this theme actually.
Here's what came out of the show;
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The Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrades are still on course for release in 2021 according to the @witchergame Twitter account.
Beyond this, we're also being treated to some special free DLC which is inspired by the Netflix adaptation. No further details were given, but we'll sit tight praying for our Henry Cavill Geralt skin.
The DLC will be available to everyone, not just the next-gen upgraded versions of The Witcher 3.
WitcherCon Fast Approaches, Thank God For That
Good news, everyone! WitcherCon is on the way and that means we should hear something more about the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 pretty soon!
We're still not confident that we're going to get a release date, but if there was ever a time for CDPR to announce when Geralt is returning to our screens it's then.
WitcherCon is due to take place over July 9th and July 10th and is set to focus on both CDPR's Witcher games and Netflix's Witcher series. It's being pitched as a "celebration of The Witcher", but there's going to be a few sneak peeks included.
We know that The Witcher has recently finished filming its second season and there's a Witcher-based AR game coming out, but... Surely next-gen Geralt has to get some love here.
It's Still Coming
In a section titled "The Witcher IP Plans For 2021", the next-gen edition of the game was there alongside a mobile game titled "The Witcher Monster Slayer"
Right now, we don't know anything specific about the PS5 and Series X release of Witcher 3. Is this surprising? Given the year that CDPR has had already, no.
What is surprising though is that we're still getting it in 2021 and this has been confirmed.
After the debacle of Cyberpunk 2077, we'd imagine that CDPR is cautious to promise anything new without solid evidence on their end that they'll be able to keep to their word.
With this in mind, we're expecting to see The Witcher 3 on PS5 and Xbox Series X at some point in the second half of 2021.
It's vague, we know, but this is still an important reaffirmation and welcome news to fans of the title.
Story & Content
This might not come as a surprise to many of you, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will have both major expansions.
The Witcher 3 has been out for a little while now. It originally launched in 2015 and remains one of the best action-RPG titles to ever be released.
Since this 2015 release, two major expansions and a slew of smaller content DLC additions have been added to The Witcher 3's growing content library and it looks like all of these will be coming to the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
But, why wouldn't it? At this point, the Game of the Year Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is so cheap on sales that it wouldn't make any sense not to pick it up.
There is no word that any additional content is being created for the game, but with an average time-to-beat of over 100 hours... It really doesn't need it.
As you might imagine, The Witcher 3 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X is going to be a little more than just a re-release.
Although we haven't heard anything too specific for a little while now, we do know that the standard array of graphical improvements will be coming to the next-gen version of the game.
This means we're getting ray-tracing, faster load times, smoother frame rates and most-likely 4K, or at least Upscaled 4K, visuals.
" Developed to take advantage of the most powerful gaming hardware, the next-gen edition of the game will feature a range of visual and technical improvements — including ray tracing and faster loading times — across the base game, both expansions, and all extra content"
The new version of The Witcher 3 was announced last September before both next-gen consoles were even out, but we can't imagine this has changed at all.
More Witcher Content?
We know that we've got a second season for Netflix's The Witcher series, but what about Witcher content from CDPR themselves?
Well, following a discussion on how they will operate going forwards, CDPR shared this rather basic 2021 roadmap with us.
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It doesn't showcase too much but it does confirm that the Mobile AR title The Witcher: Monster Slayer is due in 2021 alongside the Witcher 3 on PS5 and Series X.
Gwent is also a thing, but a lot of you will be nonplussed about why this still a thing and we're not sure what to tell you.
Looking into 2022, it seems like The Witcher series will become much more of a focus for CDPR going forwards so... Could The Witcher 4 be on the horizon?