The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
was on track for release this quarter following on from the massive next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077
. Today comes word from CD Projekt Red that it will be taking over port duties in-house, meaning that Saber Interactive’s Russia studio is no longer working on the upgrade.
Saber Interactive previously worked on the impressive Nintendo Switch port. As per below, CDPR writes, "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."
It's a strange post because it could mean that the work carried out so far and what's left is an unknown quantity, and there's no word on this change in development being due to the current real-world conflict in the region. This update to The Witcher 3 is going to focus on 4K and 60fps performance with improved visuals and faster loading times, so it's not a simple task. CDPR has also hinted in the past that this update will add ray-tracing to the game, something that will also find its way into the PC version.