The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt HD Reworked Project Updated

The beauty of modding a game to improve the graphics is more often than not in the little details. Tweaking some lighting, smoke effects, adding better grass textures, making water look clearer, and so on. The Wicher 3 HD Project has been doing a lot of work to tweak and improve almost every aspect of the games textures and models, and while it already has a huge impact on improving the fidelity of this already fantastic looking game, it just keeps on getting better and better.

Modder ‘HalkHoga’ released the latest version of his HD texture pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While not the biggest update in the packs history, version 2.6 helps improve some LOD issues with the rock in the game and while that doesn’t sound like much, it’s made a big difference in a game that’s heavily populated with rock and stone structures. To help even further, their textures have been improved and further optimized.

“Toadstools!” I hear you cry. OK, maybe not, but you’ll be thinking about being impressed (maybe) when you hear that Toadstool textures have been upped from 256×256/128×128 to a much more detailed 1024×512/1024/512. As I said before, the devil is in the details and when you start going through a game like this, all these little changes add up to a big visual impact.

If you want to upgrade to the latest version, or even install it for the first time, you can head over to the Nexus Mods page and grab the files, which can also be quickly installed using NMM too. If you want to check out even more mods for The Witcher 3, head on over to the main Nexus page and get downloading, there’s lot to choose from and you can really push the limits of the games graphics engine as far as you desire.

The Witcher 3 Comes with Korean Localization? Well, Where Is It?

The Witcher 3 developer, CD Projekt RED, announced that their title will come with a lot of language support, including Korean localization. They even made a video where they thank all South Korean fans for taking an interest in their title.

All fine and dandy, but where’s the language support? I’ll tell you where… not included in the first release! I mean you will find it in the console versions, but the Korean localization is missing from the PC platform. And you want to know the best part? The South Korean market is dominated by the PC platform.

I bet they’ve got a lot of raging customers, especially after releasing a video such as this one:

Word is that not even Korean publisher, Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia, announced that the PC version does not include the Korean localization. They finally released an official statement saying that it will be added through a patch on May 21st. But what happened during the time they released the statement and official release on the market? All hell broke loose.

Korean fans who bought the title started raging on the Internet and with good reason too! Only after everyone knew what was happening, they did something about it. For example, GoG.com changed their page to tell buyers that the Korean and Japanese languages will be delayed, while Steam still indicates that it has support for the latter languages.

Nevertheless, the game has already received its fair share of negative reviews by now. And with good reason. In South Korea, the pre-order copies sold for $65 and the game is still being sold in shops for $59. Who wouldn’t go mad when they were promised the game in their own native language and found out (after they bought it) that they were lied to?

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GOG’s Steam Rival Goes Live Today

The wonderful online digital game store Good Old Games (GOG) is launching its own digital game distribution platform to rival Steam and EA’s Origin. GOG Galaxy goes live today, and a beta version of the client is available for download here. The standalone client shares much in common with Steam, Origin, and other rival platforms, offering achievements and friends lists, but GOG’s unique selling point is a firm stance against DRM.

GOG’s press release reads:

GOG Galaxy features one-click installation and auto-updates for its library of over 1000 titles, but it also stays true to GOG.com values: it’s all optional. Automatic updating can be disabled for any game; but if you leave it on and a patch breaks something, GOG Galaxy will offer its rollback feature to restore a previous version of the game. Gamers can also download a standalone, DRM-free backup copy of every game, so keeping purchases safe is easier than ever.

GOG can be taken at its word on this: the creators, associated with CD Projekt Red, developer of the Witcher games, are famously anti-DRM. GOG Galaxy sounds like the real deal, offering GOG’s impressive catalogue of games, and will be welcome competition to market leader Steam.

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First 15 Minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Revealed

IGN has revealed the opening 15 minutes of gameplay from CD Projekt Red’s forthcoming open-world RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The video skips the cinematics and cuts straight to the mechanics of the game, following Geralt of Rivia on the final leg of his journey.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is due for release on 19th May for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: IGN

The Witcher 3 to Receive 16 Free DLC!

The developers at CD Projekt RED have long been a shining beacon of hope that there are still some truly great developers out there; today they reminded me why. Their co-founder and Joint CEO just published an open letter about their upcoming open-world RPG epic, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It states that the game will be receiving 16 free DLC packs on every platform that the game is released on!

This is a great move for consumers, especially in a market where games are shipping half complete, only to sell you day one DLC packs that almost double the retail price of the game. Instead of scraping every bit of money from your wallet with a constant stream of added content, CD Projekt RED will continue delivering a premium quality experience at no additional cost to the consumer.

Open Letter from Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and Joint CEO of CD PROJEKT RED.

“We love games. We love collecting them, playing them, and everything connected to that experience. Every time we reach out for a new release, we expect to be taken care of. We expect support if we encounter any problems, we love updates constantly improving the experience, and we feel really special when we receive free content that gives us more than we initially paid for. It doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an awesome skin for a character, or an extra sword, or armor.

Unfortunately, this treatment is quite rare these days. As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?

As CD PROJEKT RED, we strongly believe this is not the way it should work and, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we have decided to do it differently. Cutting to the chase, everyone who buys Wild Hunt will receive 16 specially prepared DLCs absolutely for free, regardless of platform. You don’t have to pre-order, you don’t have to buy any special edition to get them — if you own a copy of Wild Hunt, they’re yours. This is our way of saying thank you for buying our game.”

Regards,
Marcin

This is just awesome Marcin, thank you for showing countless other developers and publishers how it’s done.

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CD Projekt Red To Celebrate 6 Years Of Geralt While Amazon Posts Witcher III Release Date

Six years have gone past since Geralt has first seen the first light of gaming in the first Witcher game. It has sold six million copies all around the world and the numbers just keep going up.

What we know is that the upcoming game entitled Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt has no official release date from development at this time, but it appears that Amazon has a pre-order page stating the game will “deploy” somewhere around the 30th of September, 2014. This is just a rumor however and should be taken with a grain of salt, however fans can check out the infographic below to see some of the stats which the franchise finalised so far.

In terms of graphics, the studio aims to have a similar visual experience in every case and as of yet did not have to sacrifice anything for consoles, but at the same time it confirmed a close working relationship with NVIDIA. While the consoles are based on AMD solutions, some effects may be reserved for PCs with GeForce cards.Even so, if the stats and video news are not to your liking, maybe a trailer will help. Enjoy!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0i88t0Kacs[/youtube]

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