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"I got an official message from CDPR about cooperation," revealed Halk Hogan, the The Witcher 3 HD Reworked HD Reworked project. Their mod, which is extremely popular amongst players on PC, replaces the original textures in the game to those that are in 4K resolutions and even offers specialised materials and shaders to ensure compatibility. Furthermore, though it's one heck of a chunky file weighing in at 9 GB, it doesn't have a huge impact on the overall performance of the game. That's no small task, and it makes sense that the studio would reach out to those who have achieved this sort of thing off their own backs. "While it's not certain yet, it's very likely that HDRP will be included in the official next generation update," continued Halk Hogan. "I will inform you what's next. As always, I would like to thank you for all your support and kind words."
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Kotaku spoke to CD Projekt Red to determine whether the modder's claims were verifiable, and the studio confirmed it had been in contact with Halk Hogan. "In addition to our own development efforts on the upcoming next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox Series X'S, PlayStation 5 and PC, we are also in talks with creators of various mods for the 2015 release of the game." Saber Interactive, the company that brought out the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One X versions of The Witcher 3, are the ones steering the development of this next-gen update. However, given that CD Projekt Red reported profits of over $300 million in 2020, it is strange that they're reaching out to modders rather than offering up its own staff for Saber Interactive.
Simultaneously, this would be a brilliant opportunity for a modder to get their foot in the door of a highly competitive industry and propel a professional career in game development. At present, CD Projekt Red stated that it "[does] not have any binding agreements with any such party." The update for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X is on its way some time this year, so we'll keep you in the loop once we know more.
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