New Patch for Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

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CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3 is one of the more open-ended, massively expansive games in recent memory – with such an immense vault of side-quests to do it’s scarily easy to lose minutes, hours and days without even making much progress into the Main Storyline.

With all this good came – in the form of bugs and glitches – some bad, well, quite a bit of bad.

Happily though Projekt Red witcher have been active pointing their Silver Sword at these monstrous bugs and a new patch has heralded the fixing of many of them.

The Full list of changes can be found here.

  • Mutagen bonuses will no longer be saved incorrectly
  • General stability in gameplay and the UI improved
  • Fixes the inability to interact with Roche on Oxenfurt Bridge during the quest ‘Get Junior’
  • Geralt will no longer appear soaked after leaving menus
  • Fixed the gate in the crypt in the quest ‘Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear’
  • Players no longer have to worry about accidentally using their ‘Potion of Clearance’, as it will no longer be placed into the quick slot if you run out of other edibles
  • There’s no longer a perpetual loading screen during the Ice Giant fight in the ‘Lord of Undvik’ quest
  • When your gold hits 65535 it will no longer reset
  • Fixes skills not being removed by the ‘Potion of Clearance’

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These changes and quick fixes are no doubt a god-send to players looking to trek through the muddy swamps of Velen or snow-capped spires of the Skeligge Isles without having to worry about things such as disappearing gold or sudden drenchings.

PC Footage Used In Xbox One Trailer For The Witcher 3

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Microsoft have been caught out for uploading a trailer for The Witcher 3 on Xbox One which was actually captured on a PC.

Kotaku was quick to notice that the video they were watching couldn’t have been the Xbox One version of the game. CD Projekt RED have already announced the technical details of The Witcher series’ latest installment, including the fact that the game runs at 1080p/60fps on PC, 900p/30fps on the Xbox One, and 1080p/30fps on Playstation 4.

It’s not surprising that the PC version of The Witcher 3 comes out on top in terms of graphics. Microsoft have explained the faux par by saying that the video CD Projekt RED sent them had been captured on PC in order to show off the game at its best. Apparently, it was given an Xbox One logo watermark by “mistake”.

A Microsoft representative apologised for any “confusion” on Gamespot. “This morning we posted a new trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to our YouTube channels featuring footage provided by CD Projekt Red that was captured from the PC version of the game and may not be reflective of final Xbox One gameplay.”

Since being caught out, Microsoft have added a disclaimer to the video’s description. Being of a suspicious nature, I’m not entirely convinced this was really a mistake. If I was going to stamp my console’s logo all over some gameplay footage, I’d want to make damn sure it was footage that was actually from my console.

Of course, let’s not make out like The Witcher 3 won’t look good on the Xbox One anyway. Or the PS4. If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that it’s going to be a stunning game regardless of the platform.

Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Goes Gold

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Great news for Witcher fans – the series’ third installment, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has finally gone gold! That means the game’s development is completely, one hundred per cent finished and all that’s left now is for it to be shipped off to the stores.

The Witcher 3 was delayed several times throughout its development – not that that’s something gamers aren’t used to. Of course, it’s always preferable to have developers delay their games than have them released broken and buggy. Cough – Watchdogs – Cough – Assassin’s Creed Unity – Cough – Well, the list goes on. Those developers know who they are.

“We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” said CD Projekt Red boss Adam Badowski. “From the corrupt nobles in Novigrad to ancient monsters lurking in deep forests, to the bustling cities, colorful ports and breathtaking vistas; all the people, all the places – we literally spent tens of thousands of hours to turn all that into an adventure that will kick your ass and make you want to come for more.”

CD Projekt Red originally had the game set to launch at the end of 2014. That date was then shifted to February 2015 with a pr0mise of “no more delays.” Then, of course, there was one more delay, this time to its current release date of May 19. Perhaps it’s not so surprising the game was delayed so many times, with the developer calling this game its “most ambitious endeavor to date.”

The Witcher 3 is now set to release for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on 19 May. That’s only a month away, and this time it might be safe for fans to start getting excited.

Is The Witcher 3 Overhyped?

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The Witcher is a fantastic series of games, based off of what I can only assume is a fantastic set of books. With Wild Hunt on the horizon, people far and wide are getting massively excited, and tickets for the metaphorical train made of hype have all but sold out. As gamers, we know better than to fall into this trap. People start slapping impossible expectations onto projects, and on release everyone gets burned. But is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt really going to be the second coming? Does it deserve the hype it is getting?

Frankly, I am not so sure. I played The Witcher way back in 2007, and that game was a mess. Words cannot describe the issues that plagued that game, yet its popularity warranted a full overhaul and a sequel. Performance issues and bugs aside, The Witcher was a flawed game. Combat was terrible, the world was rather restricted and it didn’t control particularly well, and it was you standard run of the mill plot and fantasy tropes mixed together with some M rated grit to make it edgy.

Enter The Witcher 2. It too had a number of launch issues, got an overhaul and an eventual console release. What is surprising however is how little really changed in the sequel. Yes the game looks prettier, yes they changed the combat and made everything look fresh, but the exact same flaws that plagued the original continue here. The combat is easy at best, and mind numbing at worst, the plot was as cut and dry as you could get, the world was still restrictive and generic, and the game still felt awfully clunky.

Now we have The Witcher 3, and lets be honest here guys, I am not expecting much in terms of a change. But why should I? Despite everything I have said, I absolutely love The Witcher, but I feel people are forgetting what makes The Witcher actually good, they are focusing too much on the graphics, the combat etc. What makes The Witcher good, is its characters and its lore. Yes the plot is meh, but the STUFF behind it all is great. Yes the world is generic, but the characters are all fantastic, gritty and real. You feel  connected with the world because you have a connection with the people in said world. Geralt of Rivia might be one of the dullest concepts for a character of all time, but his life, and the people he encounters make him, and his games, worth experiencing.

Wild Hunt hits store shelves mid May, and I am certainly excited for it, but the level of hype it is generating is not healthy for anyone, especially the game itself. Do yourself a favor, take a step back, and remember why these games are good.