Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to get ray tracing as a free upgrade for current owners

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What you need to know

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will get a free upgrade for next-gen consoles and PC.
  • The update will include faster loading times, ray tracing, and other visual enhancements.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently on sale for $12 on Steam.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will get a free upgrade on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and PC for anyone that owns the game. The technically enhanced version will include faster loading times, ray tracing, and other visual and technical improvements. The team behind the game shared the news on its website and on Twitter. The game will also include all DLC that's been released.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt earned rave reviews across just about every outlet, including us. In addition to being a solid game at launch, the title has earned praise thanks to its enhancements and DLC content that arrived post launch. That trend continues with the technically enhanced version that's on the way for the next generation of consoles and for PC.

If you don't already own the game, you will be able to buy the enhanced version as a standalone purchase on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and PC. No price details have been revealed for the standalone version at this time.

As reported by TechRadar, Projekt Red has confirmed that the free upgrade will be availalbe to owners of the base game, so you don't have to grab the GOTY edition or any other bundles.

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6 Comments
  • That's fantastic news
  • See, there's the whole problem as described in the confusing copy: " a free upgrade to next-gen consoles and PC" PC doesn't have generations. Which is already a disappearing cpncept for consoles too, no matter how badly Sony keeps doing things. You really can't ask people to buy a game again if they upgrade their pc. Should be the same on modern consoles. Unless manufacturers like Sony and publishers like Bethesda (hello skyrim) and Remedy are absolute jerks.
  • Next-gen consoles ... and PCs. As you'll see later in the text "that's on the way for the next generation of consoles and for PC." Also in the text "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will get a free upgrade on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and PC for anyone that owns the game. "
  • Wait, so is this a patch to existing versions or is this going to be a separate copy with enhanced features? In other words, will my existing save be playable with these enhancements?
  • Enhancement free patch to the game you own
  • I won't play this game again just to experience RT on my future RT compatible card.