Ever since the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S launched in 2020, players have been clamoring for an upgraded version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Here’s everything we know about the next-gen port, from the release date to its DLC.
When CD Projekt Red launched The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt way back in 2015, they redefined the open-world genre completely. Players couldn’t get enough of the immersive fantasy world the devs created, teeming with wild monsters and quirky characters.
Now, with next-gen consoles entering their second full year on the market, fans are wondering when they can experience Geralt’s journey on new hardware. Here’s everything we know about the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
- The Witcher 3 next-gen release date
- The Witcher 3 next-gen upgrades
- How much will the next-gen version cost?
- Is the DLC included?
The Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S release date
The next-gen port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2022, although no specific date has been announced by CDPR.
It was originally due at the end of 2021, but the devs Tweeted on October 20 saying that the port had been delayed along with the updated version of Cyberpunk 2077.
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The reasons behind the delay are unknown, only that it came after “recommendations supplied by teams supervising development.”
However, following the difficult launch of Cyberpunk 2077, the developers clearly feel they need more time to make the game as good as it can be.
The Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S upgrades
Details about the updated versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are fairly scarce, but we can expect them to make use of the new console’s blistering load times and ray tracing.
The game already ran at 4K on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but fans can look forward to touched-up visuals in a game that wowed gamers six years ago.
From a technical point of view, the additional power of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will improve features like draw distances and help it stay at 60 FPS.
There have also been rumors they will feature mod support after CDPR supposedly reached out to creators for feedback.
How much will Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S verison cost?
If you already own a copy on last-gen, don’t worry, the upgrade will be absolutely free to existing players.
When the game finally releases, players who bought the PS4 or Xbox One version will have the option to download the new game at no extra cost.
If you missed out the first time, you will have to buy the game but details haven’t been released about how much it will cost.
Will The Witcher 3 PS5 & Xbox Series X|S version include DLC?
According to various reports, the ports will come with both expansion packs – Heart of Stone and Blood and Wine.
These two sets of additional content were critically acclaimed when they were released in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and you can experience them for the first time with this free upgrade.
CDPR is also working on more free DLC inspired by the Netflix series starring Henry Cavill.
That was everything we know so far about the next-gen upgrades for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We’re expecting more details in the coming months, so stay tuned to Charlie INTEL to keep up to date.
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Image credits: CD Projekt Red
Apex Legends Anniversary event: Release date, skins, & more
Apex Legends is nearing its third anniversary, and Respawn usually like to celebrate in style. Here’s everything there is to know.
Respawn love to celebrate the Apex Legends anniversary with an event. The game is coming up to its third birthday and for those interested in the date, here’s when Apex Legends’ anniversary is.
With that being said, players are always hungry for new content. With how special the Season 8 Anniversary event was for 2021, it’s only right that fans are intrigued about the next one.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Apex Legends Anniversary event.
When is Apex Legends’ Anniversary?
Respawn’s free-to-play battle royale was released on February 4, 2019, making this date its anniversary every year since its launch. In celebration, players typically get an in-game event to mark the date.
The Apex Legends Anniversary events usually drop around this date, meaning the third-anniversary event can be expected in early February. As Respawn usually drop updates on Tuesdays, perhaps February 1 or 8 marks the date.
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As Season 11 is expected to end around February 8, this anniversary event could either be dropping in Season 11 or 12. We’ll update this as more information is released so stay tuned for the official date.
What to expect for Apex Legends’ Anniversary event
In the previous Anniversary event, players were blessed with a whole Collection Event and Reward Tracker. As we already know that Season 11’s Collection Event won’t be Anniversary-themed, we can expect the 2022 Anniversary event to be something more simple.
Apex Legends dataminer GarretLeaks believes it could be similar to the Monster’s Within event, which was called a Thematic Event. This also included a Reward Tracker.
According to the dataminer’s recent video, the Anniversary will bring new skins for players – possibly recolors. Garret even suggests that an LTM could arrive along with it.
That’s all we currently know about the third Apex Legends Anniversary event. As more news is released, we’ll be updating this article so make sure you stay tuned.
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Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends Wraith and Ash combo bug makes them untouchable
Apex Legends players have discovered a Wraith and Ash combo bug that makes the duo virtually untouchable in combat.
Wraith and Ash are extremely powerful characters, and a few Apex Legends players have found a combo bug that lets them escape easily, effectively making them untouchable.
If you want to be able to change your positioning easily then it’s useful to keep these two on your team. Now, a few players have discovered a strange combo bug that makes them untouchable.
Reddit user ‘UnholyBeast’ highlighted this combo bug in the Apex Legends subreddit. It involves Ash’s ultimate ability Phase Breach that lets her travel across the map through a portal.
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If you use Wraith’s tactical ability Into the Void while taking an Ash portal, the tactical’s cooldown will no longer matter, as you’ll be able to use it again right away. So you can change your position and avoid all damage.
This combo is quite clever but it clearly gives certain players and teams an unfair advantage since they can become untouchable while doing this. So, this bug can be considered game-breaking.
This didn’t escape the attention of the developers, as Respawn’s Live Technical Director ‘Exgeniar’ responded to the bug in the same post. After apologizing, they stated that “bugs are meant to be fixed.”
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Based on these comments, it seems that the developers will be investigating this issue and will probably patch it up in a future update. Until then, this combo will make Wraith and Ash a strong duo.
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Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Halo Infinite’s cheating problem may be bigger than Warzone’s
A popular anti-cheat account has expressed concern that Halo Infinite’s cheater situation will be “much worse” than Warzone’s.
Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta is facing a hacker problem, and a notable anti-cheat security account has shared concerns that this situation will be worse than Warzone’s.
Halo Infinite has a ton of fun content but the game is also facing a few problems. Aside from the glitch that de-ranks players after wins, there is also the issue of cheaters and hackers ruining matches.
Online multiplayer titles often have to deal with this problem, and one popular anti-cheat Twitter account is concerned that the Halo Infinite cheater situation might be worse than the one in Warzone.
Call of Duty: Warzone players frequently have to deal with cheaters, so the developers will be implementing the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat in the Pacific launch. There are concerns that Halo Infinite might need a similar system.
The Anti-Cheat Police Department Twitter account is known for understanding cheaters well, and they tweeted out that the new Halo title will end up like Warzone but “much worse.” They then proposed a possible solution to the devs.
“Release dedicated server clients to the community and you probably have the next CS:GO and the cheating situation helps solve itself, taking some of your burdens away,” they tweeted.
According to the Anti-Cheat Police Department, Halo Infinite’s detection system takes too long to detect cheaters, so making use of dedicated server clients will greatly reduce the problem.
They explained that the issue of cheaters will remain as long as Halo Infinite continues to use “in-game data detection to combat cheating.”
Halo Infinite devs respond to cheating concerns
While it’s unclear whether or not the developers will listen to this suggestion, 343 Industries are aware of the cheater problem, as Community Manager, John Junyszek responded to this problem on Twitter.
“Unfortunately, cheating is a natural part of supporting a F2P PC game and it’s one we anticipated,” he tweeted. It’ll never go away entirely, but we’re prepared and committed to releasing consistent improvements to our game’s systems and taking action on bad actors.”
He then let the fans know the game currently doesn’t have a “Report Player” feature, they can file reports against cheaters on the game’s support website, preferably with video evidence.
Hopefully, Halo Infinite’s anti-cheat measures will prevent the game’s situation from becoming as bad as Warzone’s. Until then, it remains to be seen if the developers consider giving players dedicated server clients.
Image Credit: 343 Industries
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