CD Projekt Red has announced that the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 has been delayed “until further notice”.
The announcement came via a tweet from The Witcher’s Twitter account who said the team is currently assessing how much work remains to be done on the port. This delay sees the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions | S move from a proposed release in Q2 to some unspecified point in the future.
CD Projekt Red said: “We have decided to hand over the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to our in-house development team. We are currently assessing the scope of the work to be done and therefore have to postpone the Q2 release until further notice.
The port was being worked on by Saber Interactive who, in an impressive technical feat, brought the game to the Nintendo Switch. However, development has now moved in-house.
The Witcher 3 was released in 2015 and is one of the most beloved games of the last generation. Seeing it evolve into new hardware with improved performance and visuals was an enticing prospect for anyone who enjoyed following Geralt on his epic journey.
CD Projekt Red’s slate
Seeing a PS5 or Xbox Series X version of The Witcher 3 would be great, but CD Projekt Red has a lot going on right now.
The Witcher 4 was only recently announced, with the developer pushing to create the next chapter in the franchise’s story. Although production is early, it’s the developer’s next big thing that’s likely going to be huge.
Elsewhere, Cyberpunk 2077 is still in rehabilitation after its disastrous launch. Cyberpunk 2077 recently released its own next-gen update, and the dev team behind it is finally starting to move away from the game’s gameplay to come up with expansions.
With the troubled release of Cyberpunk 2077 still fresh, there’s a danger that if the next-gen update for The Witcher 3 lands in a buggy state, it will hurt the company even more.
The question now is will the update materialize or will the developer decide it’s not worth it at this point? On that, we will have to see.