Originally slated for a 2021 release, the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 remains without a release date well into 2022.
While no reason has been officially given as to why the update was delayed, it is widely believed that efforts to fix Cyberpunk 2077's messy launch diverted attention in that direction. The news that a possible Q2 release for the updated Witcher 3 came via a tweet from the Witcher's official Twitter account. The tweet added that the team is "currently evaluating the scope of the work to be done."
We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice. 1/2
— The Witcher (@witchergame) April 13, 2022
This is likely to be a disappointment to players who owned The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on last-gen systems, who will be getting the upgrade free of charge when if finally does arrive. Among the enhancements likely to be included in the upgrade are a 60 fps standard and 4K resolution.