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Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade got cut off from its Russian studio, delayed indefinitely

Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade got cut off from its Russian studio

The long-awaited The Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade got cut off from its Russian studio, with CD Projekt RED delaying the project indefinitely.

The decision where The Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade got cut off from its Russian studio comes not long after CD Projekt RED openly protested the Russian invasion of Ukraine, pulling all sales of their products from the country.

“We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice,” the developer said in a Tweet. “We’ll update you as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding.”

While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition was set to launch sometime in the second half of 2021, it got delayed into 2022. Now there’s no release window likely until CD Projekt lines up another developer that isn’t based in Russia.

Saber Interactive is primarily based in Russia, where the developer was founded back in 2001. They were contracted out to somehow port The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to Nintendo Switch, after which it made sense CD Projekt would also get them to handle the game’s next-gen upgrades.

CD Projekt RED also recently confirmed a new Witcher game is being developed, and it’ll drop their long-used inhouse engine for Unreal Engine 5.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available for Windows PC (via GOGOrigin, and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In case you missed it, you can read our review for the base game here. We highly recommend it! In fact, it was Game of the Year 2015!

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