Although the highly anticipated next generation console update for Witcher 3 was scheduled for release later this year, unfortunately the update won’t be arriving in the second quarter of this year. In an official statement, the studio has revealed that it has decided to have its in-house development team to perform the remaining work on the update.
In the official regulatory note to its investors, CD Projekt Red said that the decision was made based on recommendations of the people in charge of the development. On Twitter, the company wrote, “We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice. We’ll update you as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding.”
We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice. 1/2
— The Witcher (@witchergame) April 13, 2022
In case you didn’t know, CD Projekt Red announced the next-gen console update back in 2020 with multiple graphical and technical enhancements including ray tracing and faster load times. Moreover, the company revealed that existing owners will be eligible for free upgrade. However, due to Covid – pandemic, the development process was delayed and the released was delayed from the original schedule of late 2021 release.
This latest announcement comes shortly after the studio announced that it is currently working on a new Witcher game powered by Unreal Engine 5. However, the project is still in the early stage of the development and there’s no concrete release date for the upcoming title.