The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Release: PS5 & Xbox Series X version delayed

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WitcherCon didn't have any news for us, but we've finally got some news on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on next-gen consoles. Below is everything we know about when you'll be able to play the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game.

LATEST - Witcher 3 Next-Gen Release Date Delay Confirmed

Following the PEGI listings that suggested the release of Witcher 3 on PS5 and Xbox Series X earlier this week, it has been confirmed that the next-gen versions of The Witcher 3 have been delayed until Q2 2022.

This means it will come after the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077, which is now due to release in Q1 2022.

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As soon as we get exact release dates, we'll be sure to let you know.

New PEGI listing updates

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GamesRadar has reported that The Witcher 3's PEGI listing has been updated for next-gen consoles. This is something that CDPR would need to do, due to the games being re-released. However, the date on the PEGI listing is "19/10/21".

Does this mean The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is dropping on next-gen consoles today?!

Well... They reached out to CDPR and were offered the following statement:

" PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S are new platforms for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so the game had to be submitted for age classification on these platforms specifically. This is standard procedure and the date mentioned on PEGI's website is the rating's issue date."

Although it doesn't look like 4K Geralt is dropping today, we should be getting closer to a confirmed release date with this PEGI listing update.

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.

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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.

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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.

Graphical Improvements

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.

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This means we're getting ray-tracing, faster load times, smoother frame rates and most-likely 4K, or at least Upscaled 4K, visuals.

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" 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"

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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.

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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?