The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Fast Travel Loading Time Is Almost Instant On Next-Gen Consoles

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Fast Travel Loading Time Is Almost Instant On Next-Gen Consoles
Credit: CD Projekt Red

Two months ago, CD Projekt Red announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is widely considered to be one of the best and deepest open-world RPGs of all time, will be playable on Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen consoles with visual and technical improvements. The next-gen upgrade will be free for those who have already purchased the game on current-gen consoles.

Both Sony and Microsoft are set to release their respective next-gen consoles later this week, but prior to them being launched, a YouTuber named Rubhen925 shared some gameplay from the Xbox Series X version of The Witcher 3, which showed the game’s lightning-fast load times, as the game loads almost instantly. You can check out the gameplay video below.

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After announcing the next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developer CD Projekt Red described what will be different in the Xbox Series X/PlayStation 5 version of the popular open-world RPG.

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“Developed to take advantage of the most powerful gaming hardware, the next-gen edition of the game will feature a range of visual and technical improvements — including ray tracing and faster loading times — across the base game, both expansions, and all extra content.

“The next generation edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release as a standalone purchase for PC, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, as well as a free update for everyone who already owns the game on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”

On top of upgrading The Witcher 3’s main story, CD Projekt Red’s next-gen enhancements will also carry over to the game’s two DLC expansions: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. However, aside from the visual enhancements, the next-gen upgrade won’t include additional single-player content.

Even though the third installment to The Witcher franchise ended up being a massive hit for CD Projekt Red, the Poland-based developers decided against immediately following it up with a fourth game, instead opting to develop a new IP: Cyberpunk 2077. Unfortunately, their new title has been delayed several times, the most recent of which pushed the title back to next month.

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Most assume that we will, at some point, get a fourth Witcher game, but for now, CD Projekt Red’s main focus is the current-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077. Then, following its release, the team will then shift to the next-gen version of their upcoming open-world FPS, so it’s probably going to be quite a while before they even hint at their next project, which could end up being The Witcher 4.