As was hinted at by CD Projekt Red last week, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition — more commonly known as the game's 'next-gen update' — will be getting a patch in the near future. According to a new social media post from the developer, said patch is coming "very soon". It could be that it's in the certification process right now, and will drop next week.
The timing makes sense, seeing as The Witcher 3's upgrade just received a physical release — although it's obviously a bit of a shame that this update didn't arrive beforehand.
So what's this patch going to do, anyway? Well, while The Witcher 3's PS5 version does look great, and generally speaking, it runs really well, it's not without flaws. In particular, some of the game's environments have noticeable pop-in problems, and it remains a fairly buggy release. Players have also reported issues with the title's dedicated 'quality' mode, which can have a disappointingly negative impact on the frame rate.
Hopefully we get some patch notes soon. What do you want from this update? Remember to meditate in the comments section below.
I'm playing it at the moment and absolutely loving it, but the ray tracing mode really does slow the whole thing down. It's like a slide show compared to the performance mode.
If the patch addresses the RT mode performance and visual bugs then I'm a happy chappy.
I deliberately didnt rush into a new game with this because I didnt trust CDPR to deliver a working upgrade first try.
I'm grateful that they continue to work on this, but I think its shocking how these devs, and several others, continue to release rushed poorly tested and unoptimized code. It should have been kept under wraps until they had properly finished it.
Every time I boot up the game on PS5 it acts like it's the first time I played it. It tells me of all the new upgrades, makes me adjust HDR and resets all my settings to default. Anyone else have this issue? Is there a way to fix it? Super annoying
It needs a patch on PC as well as it's performance is really poor and all over the place, I can stay around 70fps on DLSS quality on Cyberpunk but struggle to stay much above 30fps much of the time on this
@mvhess I don't have that issue must be a glitch
Yeah if they did a Spider-Man and did a "best of both worlds/meet me halfway" mode that'd be perfect.
@Titntin My general feeling is the modern "QA" process is basically do cursory tests, send it into the field, then compile a list of fix priorities based on the mass QA done by customers. It makes sense from a cost perspective of not paying to do a ton of preventative QA over a long period and just letting data tell them what's the most important problems to address based on mass testing over a short period. But it's also cynical using your customers are your production pipeline. It's not just gaming, it's enterprise, too, unfortunately.
Hard to get mad in this case considering it's an old product and the upgrade is free though. Paying to be a beta tester is not cool. Volunteering to be a beta tester in exchange for free product is totally cool.
What I don't understand is how they're struggling with a patch for a game that's this old after everything they just went through on CP though.
@mvhess that's a save issue, you have to delete some saves with a different version on them. You won't lose any progress you just have to load them and save over them again so they're on the current version.
@NEStalgia Im afraid your picture of the modern QA process is very accurate! You can tell I havent made a game for 15 years, Id be mortified if a game I'd worked on released in the state many do today.
I miss the days when games came on cards or cartridges. You couldnt get away with sloppy testing back then 😁
Actually, I dont miss those days, I just miss the commitment that was required to get it right first time..
Your also right I cant be mad about it when its a free update. But those who started new games and got hit by some bugs might not be too pleased.
@Titntin Ahh the old days. I actually had a CD copy of Myst for PC that would crash every time you'd get to the top of the elevator in the Machine Age. It was a bug. I had to call Broderbund, and they had to ship me a new disc set to fix it!
Well i was around 15 or so hours into the ps5 update and i had my first hard crash on my ps5..all my progress wiped and i just cant be arsed to start over again..if they can fix that for me i'll be impressed..
@mvhess delete all auto saves and load a manual save you want. That fixed it for me. Reddit helped. Also remember to then adjust your settings to how you like them as it will have forgotten them
And it's not just a version issue. As all my saves were from next gen, so the autosave was the main issue, for some reason. But it can also be a version issue, like someone else commented
@Ravix yeah, all my saves are from next Gen. I didnt load any of my ps4 saves from the cloud. And it didn't do it for the first twenty hours or so. I did notice that my manual saves say version 4 behind them and my autosaves don't. Thanks for the tip. I'll try when I get home. I have been leaving it in a rest state but in my experience (even back on ps4) the Witcher starts to bug out the more times you suspend it.
New patch... But I just finished it...
@NEStalgia I lleved the days where I didn't have to look at a checklist just play a game.
@mvhess Delete your saves you dont need, and keep like 4 total. For some reason this fixes that issue, I have heard.
to fix RayTracing slowness, disabling the HDR from the console settings improves the frame rate, making it playable
@mvhess I also had this issue. Delete the save games, and you should be fine. You can continue saving in all the slots after this.
It was pretty much unplayable on quality mode for me. Even performance mode glitched out a bunch. Had to force myself to stop right before Novigrad because I want to play it when it’s better polished.
It’s a top 5 game for me on PS4 but the upgrade needs a few bug fixes. Hopefully this addresses most if not all my concerns
The game crashes constantly in shop menus.
I’m just waiting for the patch that lets me transfer my PS5 Witcher 3 progress to my Switch’s Witcher 3, which from what I can tell, isn’t available yet.
They need to fix the game resetting all your settings if you have too many saves, absolutely pissing me off now. Never had this issue previous gen.
It's still a mess. Seeing some of the same errors I saw on ps4 and, as has been mentioned, every ti. E you launch it is like the first time re: game settings. I shouldn't have to set my invert look every time I play the game. CDPR may have good writers but their coders are worthless.
Happy for all my fellow gamer friends that were waiting for a patch!
I'm still waiting for the announced Witcher 1 remake to release, before I give this franchise another try.
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