The Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version: Release date, upgrades & DLC

Nathan Warby
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Geralt

Ever since the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S launched in 2020, players have been clamoring for an upgraded version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Here’s everything we know about the next-gen port, from the release date to its DLC.

When CD Projekt Red launched The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt way back in 2015, they redefined the open-world genre completely. Players couldn’t get enough of the immersive fantasy world the devs created, teeming with wild monsters and quirky characters.

Now, with next-gen consoles in their second full year on the market, fans are wondering when they can experience Geralt’s journey on new hardware. Here’s everything we know about the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S release date

Geralt riding horse in Witcher 3

As announced by CDPR, the next-gen port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently scheduled for release in Q4 of 2022, over seven years since the original release. This means we should see the upgrade somewhere between October and the end of the year.

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It was originally due at the end of 2021, but the devs Tweeted on October 20 saying that the port had been delayed along with the updated version of Cyberpunk 2077. The reasons behind the delay are unknown, only that it came after “recommendations supplied by teams supervising development.”

However, now that Cyberpunk 2077’s PS5 and Xbox Series X|S update is out, it appears that CDPR are confident that The Witcher 3 can follow suit.

The Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S upgrades

Geralt in Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Details about the updated versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are fairly scarce, but we can expect them to make use of the new console’s blistering load times and ray tracing.

The game already ran at 4K on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but fans can look forward to touched-up visuals in a game that wowed gamers seven years ago.

From a technical point of view, the additional power of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will improve features like draw distances and help it stay locked at 60 FPS.

There have also been rumors they will feature mod support after CDPR supposedly reached out to creators for feedback.

How much will Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S version cost?

Geralt in a forest in Witcher 3

If you already own a copy on last-gen, don’t worry, the upgrade will be absolutely free to existing players.

When the game finally releases, players who bought the PS4 or Xbox One version will have the option to download the new game at no extra cost.

If you missed out the first time, you will have to buy the game but details haven’t been released about how much it will cost.

Will The Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S version include DLC?

Geralt fighting in The Witcher 3

According to various reports, the ports will come with both expansion packs – Heart of Stone and Blood and Wine.

These two sets of additional content were critically acclaimed when they were released in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and you can experience them for the first time with this free upgrade.

CDPR is also working on more free DLC inspired by the Netflix series starring Henry Cavill.

That was everything we know so far about the next-gen upgrades for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We’re expecting more details in the coming months, so stay tuned to Charlie INTEL to keep up to date.

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Image Credits: CD Projekt Red

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].