Original article from 04/14/2022: It was almost predictable that the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 would have to be postponed – again. The remaster was actually supposed to be released in Q2, but since there hadn’t been any new information in months, the release was on shaky ground. This has now been confirmed.
The release is delayed – again
Once again official twitter account announced about The Witcher, they decided to continue the “remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 : have Wild Hunt made by our internal development team”. As a reminder, the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 has not yet been developed internally, but by the well-known porting specialist Saber Interactive, who has already developed The Switch version of The Witcher 3 There is no comment on why CDPR is withdrawing this order from Saber Interactive.
However, there was already 31.03. a Russian source said that Saber Interactive is headquartered in Russia, so CDPR has stopped working together. This connection has already been mentioned in a user news on PCGH Extreme. PCGH previously reported that CD Projekt Red took a clear stance against Russia in the case of the Russian attack on Ukraine. So it would go together, but it’s not a confirmation.
CDPR goes on to say that they are “currently assessing the extent of the work to be done” and will therefore have to postpone the release of Q2 until further notice. Players will be “updated as soon as possible”. The next-gen version of The Witcher 3 was first announced on September 4, 2020 and was originally slated for release in 2021. Due to development change at internal studios, a release this year is likely to be in jeopardy.
In addition to additional content such as Netflix series DLCs, there are also technical modifications for the PC version. The remaster is said to include a wide range of technical and visual improvements including ray tracing, faster loading times and also HDR. Not only the base game, but also the two expansions and any additional content should be improved. More recently, the CDPR asserted that it “absolutely wants to implement these projects correctly”, which is why a postponement is unpleasant, but there is no alternative.
Next-gen Witcher 3 ‘no development hell’
Update April 15, 2022: The latest sales figures show that The Witcher 3 is still hugely important to CD Projekt. Over 40 million units sold across all platforms is a testament to the importance of the next-gen update, which has been postponed indefinitely. At the investor meeting, CDPR provides some details about the project, which is managed by 15 internal employees plus external support people. Michał Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development at CD Projekt, clarifies that The Witcher 3 next-gen is not in “development hell”. Even predictions like a June 2023 release are not correct. The necessary follow-up work is currently being assessed, but that does not mean it takes “a colossal amount of time”.