The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X with a free makeover and all the trimmings.
CD Projekt announced that an updated version of the award-winning game (over 800 awards if we’re keeping count) will be rereleased for the ninth console generation. This revamp of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete edition “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” according to a news release from the developer.
The expansions mentioned in the news release, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, were also critically acclaimed in their own right. The rest of the extra content mentioned are miscellaneous additions such as updated fight animations, new quests and alternate costumes, all of which were released for free in previous editions.
Players who already own copies of The Witcher 3 will receive all these updates for free.
The Witcher games are based off the eponymous novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, who has been notoriously salty about selling the rights to CD Projekt for a lump sum because he had no idea that this silly thing called video games would become a monstrous $120 billion industry. CD Projekt’s games greatly outpaced Sapowski’s original stories in fame, and today, The Witcher is considered one of the most prestigious franchises in gaming.
It’s also helped the Polish developer accrue a great deal of good will. CD Projekt has released tons of DLC content for their titles that most other developers would charge for. GOG.com, the company’s distribution platform, has positioned itself as a pro-consumer brand for selling games without digital rights management or DRM.
CD Projekt is held in such high regard that in 2011, then Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk presented President Barack Obama with a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings as an official diplomatic gift.
There is no release date yet for The Witcher 3: Complete Edition for PC, PS5 and Xbox SX.
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