Game Help and Activity Cards, DualSense controller functionality, and CD Projekt Red.
We at CD Projekt Red have long proclaimed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s next-generation update will take full advantage of next-gen hardware. How does that affect the PlayStation 5 though? Let’s go over some of the things that players can look forward to when the update launches on December 14th.
There is no better place to begin than with the distinctive haptics offered by the PlayStation 5! Colin Walder, Engineering Director for Management and Audio, wanted to make sure that the DualSense Controller’s potential was fully utilized. “One way we were able to do that is by turning specific aspects of our music into intricate shapes and textures of vibration that are exactly timed with action in the game,” claims Walder. In order to ensure that players got tactile input on their upcoming trip through the Continent, this in practice required searching the game for pertinent acts, not just those of Geralt but also those of the larger world. Now it will feel more realistic than ever to walk underwater, collect herbs, win (or lose!) a game of cards, and mount a horse, to mention a few.
Using the amazing DualSense 5 technology, “the devs handled this assignment in a way that would offer the player a visceral connection to not only Geralt but also throughout the greater Witcher universe,” Walder added. “It’s a tremendous thrill to be able to feel every swing and strike, every cast Sign, and the dirt beneath your boots, and combining this with more immersive 3D Audio adds those added layers of immersion in ways we were never able to incorporate before.”
We have something for people who are playing the game for the first time! You might also find this useful if it has been a while since you last started The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Now, players can view mission suggestions in the PlayStation 5’s Game Help! Sony’s close collaborator on the system’s release, Artur Kepen, made the commitment that “PlayStation Game Help will offer helpful tips and tricks to both new and existing users! If you get lost while exploring, you can frequently find a video showing what needs to be done to finish a task or a screenshot of the region showing where your quest objective should be marked. This is another way to keep track of where to travel next in the wide open world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Remember to use Activity Cards! With the aid of this helpful PlayStation 5 function, keeping track of your game’s progress has never been simpler. Keep track of your travels as you and Geralt travel the Continent in quest of Ciri by returning to the game immediately after a brief break from it.
Naturally, updating the game to meet the expectations of modern players also requires adding two new modes: Performance and Ray Tracing. While Ray Tracing strives for 30FPS and features Ray Traced Global Illumination, which enables more realistic lighting, as well as Ray Traced Ambient Occlusion, which enables more accurate and useful surface illumination, Performance Mode prioritizes frame rate at 60FPS. You may anticipate a variety of fully integrated community-made mods, such as 4K textures and models, immersion upgrades, and visual bug fixes, to support these graphic advances even further. We’ve also improved the gameplay and graphics on top of that. Naturally, Photo Mode is now accessible to display the splendor of the Continent. (Pro tip: Ray Tracing Mode works wonders for some incredibly beautiful pictures!)
For viewers of The Witcher on Netflix, we even contributed something. After finishing a brand-new mission called “In the Eternal Fire’s Shadow,” players will get access to two armor sets and swords for Geralt as well as the option to toggle on a different outfit for Dandelion and Nilgaardian army NPCs. Other changes include a new camera option, toggles for map filtering, and cross-progression, which enables platform switching via cloud saves. We can’t wait for everyone to get back in (or embark on their first adventure) tomorrow with only one day left till the update!
On the PlayStation 4 and 5, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is accessible through the PlayStation Store. All current gamers will get a free upgrade to the next generation on December 14.
Embracer Job Losses Continue as New World Interactive is Hit
New World Interactive, the developer of the Insurgency series of tactical first-person shooters, has laid off an unknown number of employees as part of Embracer Group’s comprehensive restructuring plan.
Saber Interactive, which acquired New World in 2020, told Eurogamer that the studio had not closed. However, it confirmed an unknown number of layoffs.
Embracer says it is “actively working to fill existing open roles” with impacted employees and will provide severance packages. “Saber also assures that development will continue on Insurgency: Sandstorm, as well as on unannounced future projects,” it said.
Over 900 employees were laid off in an “agonizing” but “necessary” process. As always, we hope all victims recover.
Sony: We Need Non-Gamers to Access Our Content
Sony wants non-console owners to access its content beyond its PlayStation-walled garden. This strategy has been slowly implemented: the company has commissioned TV and movie adaptations of its biggest franchises, ported select software to the PC, and launched a mobile gaming division.
In an interview with Nikkei, head Hideaki Nishino explained how this strategy can boost console sales: We want to use movies and dramas to get non-gamers to try PlayStation games. Sales of The Last of Us increased during the live-action drama.
When HBO’s adaptation aired, our The Last of Us content skyrocketed, so we can understand its impact. As a PlayStation fan site, we support this strategy because we want to reach as many people as possible, so if Sony can appeal to non-console owners, that’s a win-win.
More PlayStation users is better, in our opinion.
New PS Plus Essential Game Has Great Free DLC
PowerWash Simulator is one of this month’s PS Plus Essentials, but before you start scrubbing, check out the PS Store. The game has been well supported on PS5 and PS4 with free DLC packs based on Square Enix titles since its release at the start of the year.
Free Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider expansions let you clean Croft Manor and Seventh Heaven. The free DLC packs add 10 levels, and the paid ones add more.
Two more Back to the Future and SpongeBob SquarePants expansions cost £6.49 or $7.99 each. You can then scrub the Bikini Bottom and the DeLorean.
The Midgar Special Pack for PowerWash Simulator was another reason to use the cleaning kit. “It doesn’t add much, but getting close to FF7’s props and environments is fun. It offers a fresh take on the beloved title that will please both sides of this collaboration.”
Have you tried the latest PS Plus Essential game?
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