Announced last year in September, we’ve identified that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could be getting a next-generation improve for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, however latest troubles at CD Projekt RED surrounding the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 solid some shadows on that thrilling information. CDPR has now reconfirmed that The Witcher 3 next-gen replace continues to be being labored on, and is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

When The Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X variations launch, they are going to be free upgrades for those that already personal the sport—additionally obtainable to buy individually should you by some means don’t personal it but. Releasing because the Complete Edition with all expansions and content material, the next-gen replace will characteristic “a range of visual and technical improvements — including ray tracing and faster loading times — across the base game, both expansions, and all extra content.”

CD Projekt RED additionally given a studio technique replace that recommits to the growth of The Witcher universe, and fairly than creating franchises in sequence, they’re reorganizing the studio infrastructure to have the ability to work on a number of IPs (specifically Cyberpunk and The Witcher) in parallel. They’ve additionally dedicated to extra partnerships and tie-ins, together with cellular sport growth (there’s an AR Pokemon Go-like sport coming for The Witcher), TV shows, and extra with the intention to develop and create further worth for the franchises.

Even releasing almost six years in the past, gamers are nonetheless discovering myriad secrets and techniques hidden all through The Witcher 3, such because the secret Kaer Trolde elevator that was discovered final 12 months. The franchise has already sold more than 50 million units, and that’s earlier than it will get launched on next-gen consoles with all the spectacular options that the brand new tech will allow to studio to implement.

Of course, the next-gen replace for The Witcher 3 isn’t taking the studio’s consideration away from Cyberpunk 2077. The newest replace, patch 1.2, launched yesterday, with a whole bunch of fixes and enhancements in an effort to salvage the botched launch of the sport. Next-gen variations of Cyberpunk 2077 are nonetheless on observe for later this 12 months as effectively, in keeping with the studio.

The Witcher 3 next-gen replace is about to reach on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC someday within the second half of 2021. No extra particular dates have been given.