The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt next-gen upgrade will go live on December 13/14, 2022. After weeks of anticipation and guesswork, seasoned monster hunters and Witcher apprentices will no longer have to guess the release date and time.
The developers have provided the exact date and time for users around the world. Here’s when The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt’s next-gen update goes live for users around the world:
Looking at release times, PlayStation 5 owners will be able to jump into the game earlier than their PC/Xbox Series X/S counterparts. The only exceptions to this rule are regions such as Brasilia, Bogota, Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York.
Those playing on PC/Xbox Series X/S in London and Paris will also be able to jump into the game alongside their PS counterparts. Unfortunately, PlayStation 5 users in the rest of the region are getting a head start in the game. Hang in there, PC/Xbox Series X/S users in Wellington!
Witcher 3 Wild Hunt next-gen upgrade: cost, PC system requirements and preload
How much will the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt next-gen upgrade cost?
As mentioned by CD Projekt Red, the next generation upgrade is free for anyone who owns The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or the GOTY Edition. Moreover, the update is also aimed at those who have never played the game and want to jump into the world of killing monsters after the next-gen launch.
As icing on the cake, CD Project Red has also announced a new DLC inspired by Netflix’s Witcher series. This will also be made available to players at no additional cost. The best thing about this freebie is that it is not exclusive to the next-gen version of the game.
That said, there’s a small catch with the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt next-gen upgrade; players who own the disc edition of the game will need a next-gen console with a disc reader. So that leaves out Xbox Series S and Playstation 5 Digital Edition owners.
What are the PC requirements for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt next gen upgrade?
CD Projekt Red has yet to reveal the exact system requirements for the next generation upgrade. Nevertheless, as it goes live in four days, readers can expect some information soon.
Since the upgrade includes 4K resolution, HDR textures, ray tracing, and other graphical updates, it can be assumed that players will need a mid- to high-tier rig to enjoy the game without performance issues. For those who don’t have a device capable of the next generation upgrade, the game can also be played on Nvidia GeForce Now.
Will there be an option to preload The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt next-gen upgrade?
No, there will be no option to preload the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt next-gen upgrade. As stated by Marcin Momot, Global Community Director for CD Project redsince the upgrade will be more of a patch, there will be no preload option.
That said, players who have yet to download the game or plan to do so after the upgrade goes live will have to wait patiently for it to finish. For those who own the game and have a slow internet connection, it’s best to download it as soon as possible to save time.