The Witcher 3 next-gen update reveals improved graphics and a long-overdue photo mode

Nilfgaardian Ballsack Armor.

Seriously, get a look at this stuff:

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Okay, maybe that's not the most important part. That honor more likely goes to the addition of a native photo mode, which was not previously available (in 2016 CD Projekt added support for Nvidia Ansel, instead). It was an odd exclusion: The Witcher 3 is a game of striking visuals, especially at 4K, and especially when the game moves to Toussaint in the Blood and Wine expansion.

This is a quick-and-dirty screenshot I captured during my playthrough—imagine what someone with proper tools and a modicum of photographic talent could come up with.

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The update will also make a host of other smaller improvements, like improvements to the map, integration of “community-made favorite” mods, changes to magic casting, and a number of quest fixes. Cross-progression is also being added, so you can play and advance your journey across any platform you like.

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The Witcher 3 next-gen update is set to go live on December 14, and will be free for all owners of the game. If you're not an owner of The Witcher 3, it's currently on sale for 80% off on both Steam and GOG, and in case there's any doubt it comes highly recommended: Seven years later, it's still a mainstay of our best RPGs list. CD Projekt said a detailed list of all the changes coming in the update will be posted closer to release.