Geralt of Rivia is getting a makeover as CD Projekt Red is currently working on developing The Witcher 3 Next Gen upgrades. This time, there is a possibility that the developers are bringing in fan-made PC mods for the incoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S enhancement. They revealed the next-gen upgrades late last year but did not have enough details. But rest assured that The Witcher 3 next gen’s update is still on schedule to release in late 2021.
During the Fiscal Year 2020 conference call, the company announced its updated release plans. According to CD Projekt Red, the Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 are set to release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in the second half of this year. In a March 2021 “Strategy Update,” CDPR revealed more interesting details about the two franchises, including a planned change to a “parallel development” model, in which the studio’s various teams would produce Cyberpunk and Witcher ventures at the same time.
As it develops The Witcher 3‘s next-gen enhancements, CD Projekt Red is considering enlisting the assistance of the PC modding community. In a post earlier this week on Nexus Mods, a modder known as HalkHogan revealed as much, describing their recent absence from the site.
“The most important news is that I got an official message from CDPR about cooperation. While it’s not certain yet, it’s very likely that HDRP (HD Rework Project) will be included in the official next generation update. I will inform you what’s next.” – HalkHogan
HalkHogan’s HDRP mod directly targets the Witcher 3’s incoming graphics for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series. This includes improved draw distance, higher-detailed textures, reworked materials, and shaders. As a result, it is reasonable to assume that CD Projekt Red’s own work on next-gen updates would benefit from these and other improvements.
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