The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is finally getting its long-awaited next-gen update this week, after months and months of development time over at CD Projekt RED. We know a lot of folks have been eagerly awaiting this update, so here are all the pre-release details for The Witcher 3 Next-Gen ahead of its arrival on Xbox Series X and S.
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Xbox Release Date
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen update release date is December 14th for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
This is more than seven years after the game first arrived on Xbox One. Of course, that original version has also been playable on Xbox Series X and S via backwards compatibility since the systems first launched, but this new patch is a full game overhaul, delivering a native next-gen version for players to enjoy.
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Xbox Release Time
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen update release time is 4pm PT / 7pm ET / midnight GMT on December 13th.
This means you can actually get access to the game slightly earlier than its official release date! Another nice bonus is that in some regions (including the US), the patch actually launches earlier on Xbox than on PlayStation.
The team has also provided more regional timings down below.
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Preload For Xbox
Unfortunately, there will be no preload for The Witcher 3 Next-Gen update on Xbox Series X and S.
This was confirmed by developer CD Projekt Red last week:
For downloading this patch, it's best to stick with the above release times for an idea on when you'll be able to install the update on Xbox Series X|S consoles. There's not long to wait now!
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Xbox Download Size
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen update appears to have a download size of around 35-40GB. That was our experience during the "hands-on impressions" period, although further optimisations may alter the size prior to launch on Wednesday.
If you're downloading the entire version of the game from scratch, you're probably looking at over 50GB.