Beginning December 14th, every player who owns The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will receive a free next-gen update. This update gives players access to improved graphics, as well as new quests, cosmetics, and more, all for free if you already own the game. Those who don’t own the game can purchase The Witcher 3: Complete Edition, which includes the next-gen update as well as the game’s two narrative expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. In addition to all this content, developer CD Projekt RED has also implemented a new online feature in The Witcher 3. This feature gives players access to it Cross progression and cross saves. Essentially, this means players will be able to access their Witcher 3 saves on platforms other than the one they originally played on. Below you can see exactly how to take advantage of the new cross-save system in The Witcher 3.
Cross saves in The Witcher 3
CD Projekt RED essentially ported Cyberpunk 2077’s cross-save system to The Witcher 3. Players can save their autosaves, recent manual saves, and quicksaves to the cloud, which can then be accessed across platforms. The caveat is that players can only have one cross-save active on each platform, so you can’t transport different saves across platforms with save-scrubbing plans. Of course, this new feature also only applies to the current-gen consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and PC, since those are the platforms that will receive the next-gen update.
In order to use the cross-save feature in The Witcher 3, you simply need to enable the “Cross-Progression” option in the game’s settings. To do this, pause The Witcher 3, then open the Save or Load menu. From here you can enable cross-progression, which then requires you to log into your GoG account, CDPR’s digital video game marketplace.
If you don’t have a GoG account, you can create one with a valid email address. Once you’ve either signed in or created a GoG account, you can return to The Witcher 3. Now all your saved games will be uploaded to the cloud. To access your saves on another platform, repeat the same steps as before to enable cross-progression.
After that, you can see all of your cloud saves from the Load Game menu, which you can access in-game or from The Witcher 3’s opening screen. Simply select which save you wish to load and you will then be taken to the point where saving was enabled. The only difference now is that you are on a different platform.
Cross-progression between platforms
While you can access different saves on most platforms, there are some limitations to be aware of when playing The Witcher 3 next-gen update.
To break it down, you can access your cross-progress saves no matter what platform you’re on. For example, Xbox Series X|S save files can be transferred to PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch and vice versa. Likewise, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X|S save files can be transferred to PC, and PC save files can be transferred between different PCs and PC accounts (Steam to GoG).
For example, if you launched a save file on Steam or GoG and want to access it on PS5, you can’t. However, you can transfer a save file that comes from PS5 to Steam or GoG on PC. It’s unclear why PC save files need to remain on the PC, but that’s how the cross-progression feature is currently set up in The Witcher 3.
The next-gen update for The Witcher 3 goes live on Wednesday, December 14th for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
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