The Witcher 3 Comparison Screenshots Showcase a Gorgeous Game in both Old and New


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is just a couple of weeks away from release. Many gamers look forward to the next iteration of the beloved franchise, and the chance to at last experience, what is surely going to be one of the year's best.

Reports of a downgrade have been floating around for some time, with fans complaining that the gorgeous build we were shown at the game's reveal back in 2013 is nowhere to be seen, replaced by dumbed down textures and overall visual quality that in no way compares to what we were initially promised.

With recent footage shown in both screenshots released by the development team at CD Projekt RED, as well as gameplay footage made available by YouTubers who were invited to Poland to play the game, we finally got a chance to see the Ultra PC settings in all their glory, albeit with just the Nvidia HairWorks option disabled.

The footage is still of an earlier build and not the final, but still showcases a gorgeous game, featuring intricately detailed environments, and several visual enhancements over what we had previously seen in earlier footage of the game when CD Projekt was using the PC's high settings. While it can still be argued that some downgrade did indeed happen in order to accommodate the current-gen consoles, and the Witcher 3 could have been somewhat better looking if it retained its original assets, there is no denying that it is still a gorgeous game, that features a huge open world and a visual quality rarely seen in games today.

You can check out some comparison screenshots below, showing some older builds from the 2013 reveal as well as a few subsequent screenshots released by CD Projekt at a later date and compare them with the latest footage we have seen from YouTubers and the recently released screenshots made available from CD Projekt. Note that the footage was not of the final build.


The reviews for The Witcher 3 will go live a week before the release of the game

We have previously reported that the reviews for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will go live a week before the release of the game, which goes to show how dedicated CD Projekt RED is to their fans and the community.

You can checkout the last Ultra settings 1080p 60fps footage provided by YouTuber ImAnderZEL, as well as the previous video here. Note that the video is not of the highest quality and it from a previous build of The Witcher 3 and not the final. The specs of the system are - GTX 980, i7 4790, 8GB.

The Witcher 3 is just two weeks away from release, and as we have previously covered, CD Projekt has already announced that pre-load options are already live, as well as the unlock times for The Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3 will release on May 19 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We will bring you any new information on The Witcher 3 as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check out our previous coverage for more information on The Witcher 3, here and here.