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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Hotfix and Patches

Paul McNally

As the Next Gen Update arrived there was no doubt it was a massive improvement on the way we played Vanilla Witcher 3 previously. Mods over time had made a lot of the game’s issues simply go away but the arrival of the Next Gen Update caused some PC-specific issues that were fixed within a few days with a small Hotfix from CDPR.

Somewhat strangely the Hotfix did not change the version number of the game, so if you missed your Steam or GOG client updating your copy of the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it would be difficult to tell if it was applied or applied correctly at all, but assuming it has been, the minor patch corrected a few irritations ahead of a larger expected patch in the near future.

The first Witcher 3 Next Gen Update Hotfix has arrived and fixes issues for PC players..

Witcher 3 Hotfix

Borked from the Next Gen Update were the in-game overlays for Steam and GOG which meant, among other things screenshots and FPS counters and the like failed to function if those overlays were usually how you carried those operations out. That’s now been fixed thankfully.

Without too many details CDPR also spoke in its limited patch notes of optimization improvements and we can report that we have seen a definite framerate increase in DX12, especially with RTX turned on.

Stability has also been improved meaning you should see fewer irritating crash boxes - we used to get quite a few while loading but haven’t seen one since so hopefully that has gone away for good too.

CDPR says it is currently investigating other issues so we can expect further changes imminently.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    18 July 2024
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin (Haeravon)

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You are Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster-hunter known as a Witcher. You’ve fully regained your memories since your miraculous revival and escape from the Wild Hunt, and have cleared your name of the false accusations of regicide. In the wake of the assassination of Foltest, king of Temeria, the north have been rent by warfare as Nilfgaard launches its third major invasion, and the northlands have been united under the insane king Radovid. Overshadowing these petty politics is the mysterious return of Ciri - Geralt’s adopted daughter, who is now being pursued by the Wild Hunt.

The guide offers the following:

  • A full walkthrough that’s more than just a listing of quests-it’s an “ideal chronological order” that will get you through the whole game and allow you to see and do everything the game has to offer.

  • Side quests, including monster contracts and treasure hunts for obtaining powerful Witcher sets.

  • Descriptions of decisions, quests, and events that influence the various endings of the game.

  • Crafting and Alchemy information.

  • General strategies on how to take down foes large and small, monstrous and humanoid, boss or mundane.

  • Information on how to complete all the Gwent quests and obtain all the Gwent cards, including detailed Gwent strategies.

  • Trophy/Achievement information.

MASSIVE UPDATE: 7th September 2016 ongoing

  • Added DLC quests “Fool’s Gold” and “Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear”.
  • Organisational changes in the Velen section of the walkthrough to reflect the increased level of Griffin School Gear.
  • Organisational changes throughout the walkthrough to provide a “no skulls” path through the game.
  • Added Death March difficulty tips and commentary throughout the guide.
  • More XP reward numbers included.
  • Walkthrough now includes additional information based on patch changes.
  • Various typo and grammar fixes.
  • Added DLC pages for Blood & Wine, Heart of Stone
  • Lots more quality of life improvements

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