If you are eager to play Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 4K, you should start saving for a gaming PC, or you should start upgrading the one you already have, because CD Projekt Red announced that they don’t intend to update the game to support 4K on consoles.
In an interview for Eurogamer.net, CD Projekt Red was asked if they plan to release an update for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in order to harness the 4K power of the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Unfortunately, for CD Projekt Red, the Witcher 3 is a done deal, meaning that there will be no 4K updates when the PS4 Pro is released.
“Since we want to fully focus on Cyberpunk 2077 and Gwent, and converting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from a full HD game into a 4K one would be too much of a time and resource-consuming process, we decided not to release an edition of Wild Hunt supporting the new features of PlayStation Pro.”
This means that the only way to play the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 4K is on PC.
Since the PC version of Witcher 3 already supports 4K, you are probably asking yourself why is it so hard for CD Projekt Red to update the console versions of the game in order to make them run in 4K.
Well, the answer is quite simple according to Tom Morgan from Digital Foundry.
“Showing everything at 4K resolution is one half of the problem. You need a good-looking world too, to hold up to scrutiny at 4K.”
In other words, Witcher 3 on PC was developed to run ultra quality textures, meaning that from the beginning everything was planned to look as it looks today.
But the console versions run medium-to-high quality textures, which means that updating the game to run in 4K would require a lot of work on revising everything.
And since Witcher 3 is not a small title, it’s only normal for CD Projekt Red to focus on other projects instead of updating something that already looks great on all platforms.
Not to mention that the Polish studio has two projects in development. The first one is Cyberpunk 2077, a futuristic role-playing video game, and the second one is Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is a free-to play title based on the Gwent game from the Witcher series.
CD Projekt Red already announced that Gwent: The Witcher Card Game will include a single-player mode and that a closed beta is scheduled for October 25, 2016.