The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Next-Gen Upgrade Might Feature Fan-Developed Mods

PC's mod community takes a big win if true

If the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt wasn’t already visually impressive, take comfort in the fact that it’s promptly receiving a next-gen upgrade. CD Projekt Red’s masterpiece RPG won The Game of the Year award in 2015 and for all the right reasons. Fast-forward to today, the 6-year old game has a plethora of positive reviews and top-notch ratings all across the web.

What adds to a game’s splendor is modifications, especially from the community of PC gamers. It’s typical of mods to reinvigorate a game in ways previously unknown, often increasing replay value and simply adding tons of enjoyment to it. The same was done with The Witcher 3 as a bevy of mods came out for it and people took to using them comfortably.

One such mod that shone in the spotlight is The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project that basically increases the quality of visuals and improves graphics and textures. The news making its way onto our radar is that Halk Hogan—the creator of said mod—has been contacted by CD Projekt Red to work with them for the upcoming edition of The Witcher 3. He announced this in the comment section of his YouTube video.

Hogan writes, “I think the most important news is that I got an official message from CDPR about cooperation. While it’s not certain yet, it’s very likely that HDRP will be included in the official next-generation update. I will inform you what’s next. As always, I would like to thank you for all your support and kind words. Greetings!

Halk Hogan's Announcement on YouTube
Halk Hogan’s Announcement on YouTube

Taking the matter further, Kotaku contacted the developer to confirm this comment’s authenticity. It appears that CD Projekt Red has indeed been in talks with mod-creators of The Witcher 3 and is looking to borrow their services “In addition to our own development efforts on the upcoming next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC, we are also in talks with creators of various mods for the 2015 release of the game,” says the Polish gaming giant.

However, a deal hasn’t come to a conclusion for now, and negotiations are probably underway regarding the compensation of these modders. While that is another scenario, it’s just outright exceptional of the developer to give credit where it’s due, and actually take notes from the people who’ve made the game better. This sparks further curiosity whether the game will feature other types of mods as well.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s next-gen version will be available as a standalone unit for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S. It’s expected to release in the latter half of 2021 as the developer announced earlier this year.

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Matt Hunter

With four years of experience as a tech writer on a multitude of websites, Matt Hunter currently reports to eXputer with the latest in gaming.

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