Well, this is interesting. It appears that CD Projekt Red may be roping in some modders to help assist on the upcoming next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
As reported by Kotaku, CD Projekt Red may be looking into using the modding community to get the next-gen version ready. This all stems from a statement made by Halk Hogan, who created The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project (HDPR) on PC which improved the graphics, models and textures of the original game. According to Hogan, he's been talking to the company about working in co-operation, although as he mentions, "it’s not certain yet".
"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. Sorry for that. But in return, I have some good news, and the reasons why I was quiet and why I don't have too much to show. I think the most important news is that I got an official message from CDPR about cooperation. While it's not certain yet, it's very likely that HDRP will be included in the official next generation update. I will inform you what's next."
Following this, Kotaku then allegedly contacted CD Projekt Red themselves to see if these talks were true. The company was able to confirm these rumours, but added that at present, there are no "binding agreements" with any party.
"In addition to our own development efforts on the upcoming next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC, we are also in talks with creators of various mods for the 2015 release of the game.
"As of this time, however, we do not have any binding agreements with any such party."
Hogan's work on modding the original game has been nothing short of fantastic, so it's no surprise that the developer would want to bring his wizardry to the team. The character models and textures are very impressive, so those techniques mixed with what ever CD Projekt Red has up their sleeve could mean we'll see a notable difference in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt when it launches on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
There's no word for when players can expect the new version to be released outside of the second half of the year, but it will be a free upgrade for all existing owners of the game.
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