The Witcher 3 will get a next generation re-release later this yearand if it does, some of the “visual and technical improvements” it introduces may actually be thanks to the work of fans in the modding community.
Earlier this week Halk Hogan, the creator of the The Witcher 3 HD revised Project (which swaps out many of the game’s original textures for much sharper ones
Hello my dear friends! It’s been a long time since the last video. I know I announced a new HDRP preview in early March, but I was silent the whole time. I’m sorry. But in return, I have some good news and the reasons why I was silent and why I don’t have too much to show. I think the most important news is that I have received official notice of the collaboration from CDPR. While it’s not yet certain, it is very likely that HDRP will be included in the next-gen official update. I’ll let you know what’s next. As always, I would like to thank you for all your support and kind words. ❤️
I reached out to CDPR to verify this. This confirmed that, in addition to our own development efforts, we are working on the upcoming next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 5 and PC are also in discussions with developers of various mods for the game’s release in 2015. “
However, as Chalk’s testimony suggests, nothing is set in stone yet. CDPR adds, “At this point in time we do not have any binding agreements with any such party.”
I also asked CDPR if and how these modders would be compensated and credited if their work appeared in an official publication, but they couldn’t tell me (probably because the deals haven’t even been closed yet). If you can Bring those things together and a bunch of mods made by fans for the PC version of the game are popping up in the next generation release, that would be … kind of weird!
CDPR made over $ 300 million last year, so you’d think they could save the money and resources to do it professionallyinstead of cobbling together things that were made by fans, especially since then The Witcher 3 isn’t an obscure re-release (though note that Saber Interactive, the same team behind the Switch, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X versions of The Witcher 3, were commissioned by CDPR to edit this version).
Then againwhen the fans are properly credited and compensated, it would be pretty cool for them, and the modding scene in general, to sit back and know that there may be millions of people enjoying an official version of the The Witcher 3 that they had contributed to it.