The Witcher 3 Preloading Now Available, Release Schedule Confirmed

If you’ve bought CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on GOG’s own digital distribution platform, you might want to log in, since the preloads for the game have officially started. What this means is, if you’re new to the digital download game, you can have the core game files stored and installed on your hard drive so that when the game unlocks, you don’t have to wait through a long download fraught with lag due to server congestion.

Also of note is the actual unlocking schedule, which GOG listed on their website:

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be officially released and unlocked on:
    May 19, at 1:00 AM CET (Warsaw time)
    May 18th, 4.00 pm PT (Los Angeles)
    May 18th, 7.00 pm ET (New York)
    May 19th, 00.00 am BT (London)
    May 19th, 2.00 am UT (Moscow)
    May 19th, 8.00 am JT (Tokyo)

Pre-loading has already begun on Steam and Xbox live as well, though PSN users will have to wait until an undisclosed later date this week. Origin users will have to wait until Thursday.

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Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.