CD PROJEKT RED has announced that the long-awaited Next Gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will arrive on December 14, 2022.

The Next Gen update, which supports ray tracing and fast loading on current-gen consoles, includes dozens of graphics improvements, better optimization, and more. In addition, the update includes DLC dedicated to Netflix’s The Witcher series, namely new weapons, new armor for Geralt, and alternate skins for some characters.

The update for the 7-year-old game will be free for all owners of any version of The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. But the new version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (this is a separate new edition), which includes the story additions Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, will have to be purchased separately for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Physical copies of this edition will appear later.

For previous generation consoles such as PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, the update will add DLC items from The Witcher series and some graphics improvements, but ray tracing and fast loading will not be available on these systems.