CD Projekt Red has announced that the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on December 14 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC.

Announced on The Witcher’s official Twitter account (below), CD Projekt Red has stuck to its promise of a fourth quarter release by confirming a December date. This only applies to the digital version of the game, but CD Projekt Red said the physical release date will be announced at a later date.

CD Projekt Red’s press release states that the update, which is free to anyone who previously purchased the game, includes “dozens of visual, performance and technical improvements over the original.” “These include support for ray tracing, faster loading times on consoles, as well as various mods integrated into the experience and more.”

More details about these integrated mods and other features will be shared during a Twitch live stream next week, but CD Projekt Red has otherwise confirmed that The Witcher will add all previously released DLC along with new content based on the Netflix series.

The game was originally expected to be released last year before being delayed twice, with third-party studio Saber Interactive first developing a new version. Although CD Projekt Red insisted that the game was “not in development hell”, it took over in April 2022.

The Q4 date was pushed back in May, but many were still worried given the previous two delays, not to mention the end of the year, but CD Projekt Red looks set to hit its target.

In our 9/10 review of the original release, IGN said, “Massive in size and meticulously detailed, The Witcher 3 ends Geralt’s story on a high note,” and it also won our Game of the Year.

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer for IGN. He will talk about The Witcher all day.

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