The Witcher 3’s next-gen update will not be out for a pair extra days—December 14, to be exact—however the full patch notes are out now, so we are able to get a blow-by-blow breakdown of every part we’ve got to sit up for.

Visible updates are the obvious adjustments, in fact: Ray tracing, 4K textures, and improved reflections and shadows all promise to make an already-gorgeous game look even higher, for individuals who have the {hardware} to deal with it. And in the event you actually need to go all-in on the attention sweet, CD Projekt has additionally added a brand new, PC-exclusive “Extremely+” graphical setting that “considerably will increase the visible constancy of the game,” though I think about you are going to want some fairly severe {hardware} to make it occur at a suitable framerate (DLSS 3 will assist, too).

There are a selection of attention-grabbing high quality of life adjustments within the update as effectively. A “Fast Signal Casting” choice will let gamers select and cast Geralt’s indicators with out having to entry the radial menu—I do not personally recall that being a terrific chore, however now you’ll be able to simply skip it altogether. There’s additionally a brand new map filter that hides some icons, together with boats and all these “?” that construct up over weeks and months on the Path. (They’re helpful if you’re on the lookout for issues to do, however man, there are a variety of them.) Smaller adjustments together with improved herb harvesting, scalable subtitle fonts, and elevated fall injury top, and naturally there is a new picture mode, which ought to result in some spectacular shots.

All of it provides as much as a really spectacular update that “polishes an RPG that is aged like a tremendous Toussaint purple,” as senior editor Wes Fenlon put it after getting some advance hands-on time with it final week. The truth is, the addition of ray tracing—held up by CD Projekt because the entrance web page function—”could even be the final cause to care about this update.”

That is not unhealthy for a game that, no matter its high quality, is now seven years previous. I solely completed The Witcher 3 in December 2021 after placing practically 400 hours right into a single marketing campaign, and so had zero intention of bothering with this update, however after studying these patch notes I’ve to confess that I am feeling the itch. Possibly I am going to simply dip my toes again in for a couple of minutes…

These are the official patch notes, however CD Projekt additionally mentioned, considerably oddly, that they are additionally “simply the highlights.” Take a look on the full record of adjustments under.

PC and Subsequent-Gen Exclusives

  • Added ray traced world illumination and ambient occlusion.
  • Moreover, PC gamers with appropriate {hardware} have a further choice to activate ray traced reflections and shadows.
  • Added numerous mods and mod-inspired content material to the game to enhance visuals and total game high quality. We’ve included some community-made favorites along with our personal modifications in areas reminiscent of atmosphere and cutscene enhancements, reasonable pavements, and plenty of ornament upgrades.
  • Group-made and community-inspired mods embody:
  • The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Undertaking by HalkHogan
  • HD Monsters Reworked by Denroth 
  • Immersive Actual-time Cutscenes by teiji25 
  • Nitpicker’s Patch by chuckcash
  • World Map Fixes by Terg500
  • Upscaled texture to 4K for numerous characters, together with Geralt, Yennefer, Triss, Ciri, Eredin and extra.
  • All most important characters, together with Geralt, now cast high-resolution self-shadowing even outdoors cutscenes. Moreover, hair clipping by armor in addition to another armor-clipping points have been fastened.
  • Environmental enhancements:
  • • Added a brand new climate sort – “Grey Sky”
  • • Up to date sky textures
  • • Vegetation and water enhancements
  • • Varied mesh enhancements
  • • Improved some choose VFX
  • • Up to date world environmental lighting
  • Added AMD FidelityFX™ Tremendous Decision (FSR) 2.1
  • Added picture mode, permitting gamers to take gorgeous footage inside the world of The Witcher 3.
  • Added the choice to pause the game throughout cutscenes.
  • Added an alternate digital camera choice that is nearer to the participant’s character and that reacts extra dynamically to fight and motion. You’ll find this new setting in Choices → Gameplay beneath Exploration, Fight, and Horseback Digicam Distance.


  • Added “ULTRA+” graphical settings on PC, which considerably will increase the visible constancy of the game. The graphical settings out there on ULTRA+ have an effect on:
  • • Variety of background characters
  • • Shadow high quality
  • • Grass density
  • • Texture high quality
  • • Foliage visibility vary
  • • Terrain high quality
  • • Water high quality
  • • Element stage
  • Added DLSS 3 assist. Accessible solely on appropriate {hardware}.

Subsequent-Gen Console-Specifc

  • Improved the general high quality of graphics on next-gen consoles. Together with enhanced textures, improved constancy, shadow high quality, larger draw distances and crowd density. 
  • Ray Tracing Mode — gives ray-traced world illumination and ambient occlusion with dynamic decision scaling focusing on 30 FPS for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X.
  • Efficiency Mode — ensures smoother gameplay focusing on 60 FPS with dynamic decision scaling for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X.
  • The Xbox Collection S model has no ray-tracing options. High quality Mode gives elevated decision and higher picture constancy focusing on 30 FPS, whereas Efficiency Mode targets 60 FPS and prioritizes smoother gameplay over visible high quality.
  • Carried out the usage of adaptive triggers and haptic suggestions on PS5 DualSense controllers.
  • Added Exercise Playing cards for PS5.

On-line Options

  • Added a cross-progression function between platforms. Your newest saves can be robotically uploaded to the cloud so you’ll be able to simply decide up where you left off on different platforms. Cross-progression gives the newest save for each save sort. This function turns into out there after you log into your account.
  • By signing as much as MY REWARDS in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, gamers can obtain:
  • • Swords of the 9-Tailed Vixen
  • • White Tiger of the West Armor
  • • Dol Blathanna Armor Set
  • • Roach Card

Extra Content material

  • Added a brand new facet quest, In The Everlasting Hearth’s Shadow, in Velen. Rewards are impressed by Neftlix’s The Witcher collection.
  • Added an alternate look for Dandelion impressed by Netflix’s The Witcher collection. You may allow it in Choices → Gameplay. 
  • Added an alternate Nilfgaardian Armor set impressed by Netflix’s The Witcher collection. You may allow it in Choices → Gameplay. 
  • Added Chinese language and Korean voice-over. Availability on consoles varies by area.
  • Varied enhancements and adjustments to Russian voice-over, together with fixes for accelerated / slowed strains within the overwhelming majority of scenes.

High quality of Life Modifications

  • Added a Fast Signal Casting choice. It permits indicators to be switched and cast with out opening the radial menu. You’ll find it in Choices → Gameplay.
  • Added a brand new default map filter. The brand new filter hides some icons reminiscent of “?” and boat icons to be able to cut back icon muddle on the map. These icons will be turned again on with the “All” map mode toggle.
  • Adjusted the minimal top for fall injury, permitting the participant to outlive falls from greater heights.
  • Herbs can now be immediately looted with a single interplay – with out the extra loot window.
  • Added choices that dynamically conceal the minimap and quest aims when not in fight or utilizing Witcher senses. You’ll find it in Choices → Video → HUD Configuration → Cover minimap throughout Exploration and Cover aims throughout Exploration.
  • Added the choice to sluggish stroll when taking part in with a controller. Now you can sluggish stroll by frivolously pushing the left stick ahead.
  • Added an alternate dash mode choice when taking part in with a controller. It is activated by tapping the left stick. You’ll find it in Choices → Management Settings.
  • Added an choice to make target-lock unnaffected by digital camera inversion. You’ll find it in Choices → Management Settings.
  • Improved the radial menu so bombs, bolts and pocket gadgets can now be switched dynamically with out opening the stock.
  • Added the choice to scale the font measurement for subtitles, NPC chatter and dialogue selections. You’ll find it in Choices → Video → HUD Configuration.
  • Added numerous different small fixes, tweaks, and high quality of life adjustments, together with a number of secrets and techniques to be found by gamers.


  • Added the mod Full Fight Rebalance 3 by Flash_in_the_flesh which incorporates stability adjustments and numerous fixes to gameplay. We took a curated method to this mod, with some components additional tweaked from what you’ll discover within the mod by default, whereas different components had been omitted.
  • Scavenger Hunt: Wolf Faculty Gear – Mounted a problem where the chest on the Sign Tower could not be opened.
  • From Ofier’s Distant Shores – Mounted a problem where the diagram within the chest on the bandit’s hideout may very well be lacking.
  • Exhausting Instances – Mounted a problem where Geralt could not speak or give the letter to the blacksmith.
  • Swift because the Western Winds – Mounted a problem where the hunt might typically fail regardless of successful the horse race.
  • Echoes of the Previous – Mounted a problem where, after defeating the Foglets, the hunt might get caught and it would not be potential to speak to Yennefer.
  • Wine Wars – Mounted a problem where the hunt could not be accomplished if the participant destroyed one of many required monster nests throughout exploration.
  • Mounted a problem where clearing the Ruined Inn Deserted Site located on the southern shore of Ard Skellig was not potential in sure situations.
  • Mounted a problem where the Grandmaster Wolven Set would not require Mastercrafted gadgets.
  • Varied small fixes to quests and cutscenes.