Witcher 3 Day One Patch Notes

The Witcher 3 is nearly here.

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With just a matter of hours to go before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's release, developer CD Projekt Red has released the official patch notes for the open-world RPG's day-one update.

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Featured are stability fixes and "overall performance improvements" such as the reduction of instances of texture pop-in.

There are also changes to quests, improvements to AI, and UI optimizations, among other things. What's more, the Xbox One edition will be updated to support dynamic 1080p scaling.

The full Witcher 3 day-one patch notes are printed below, via wccftech.com.

The Witcher 3's official release date is May 19. The game unlocks at 1 AM CET tomorrow, which actually is 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT today, May 18.

Even though The Witcher 3 is not even released yet, the game is already off to a strong start. It reached 1 million pre-orders last week, while reviews across the board are praising the game. GameSpot awarded The Witcher 3 a 10/10, only the ninth title in our site's history to receive a perfect score.

Major changes:

  • Support for DLCs
  • Multiple stability issues fixed
  • Overall performance improvements

Quests and game:

  • Variety of cosmetic quest improvements
  • Journal objective fixes
  • Quest mapping fixes
  • Dialogue flag fixes
  • Quest balancing issues
  • Scene triggering improvements

Gameplay systems:

  • Boat behavior
  • AI improvements
  • NPC spawn strategy improvements
  • Combat balancing
  • UI optimizations

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Why do you people even play games on release? What's the point? Look at the comments - everybody's having some problems and it's only logical in these day and age. The game won't be REALLY finished until after a year at the very least.

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Anyone get a glitch where the edges of water get blacked out? It's crazy happened to me while fighting some wolves by water.....

Running on PS4.

I had to shutdiwn application and reload it to get rid of the graphical glitch.

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Anyone else run into a bug where on the gamma settings screen, the image that you are supposed to make barely visible is not present at all? Inauspicious start to hit a bug before the main menu. Can't wait til I get a chance to play it tonight after the kids are all tucked in.

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Yup I also had this, not only that it's now stuck. On. The opening screen with "please wait at the bottom.

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@blindbraille: Have you heard any answers to resolve this problem yet.. I'm stuck with the same issue... fml...

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Crazy

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Yup I got the game today and had the exact same issue. Really annoying :(

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The game's frame rate on ps4 is atrocious with this patch. What's the deal

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This game is GORGEOUS! Everything on Ultra and 1440p and the game runs flawlessly at around 80fps~. It drops to 30 in some cut-scenes due to fps-lock, but so far, this game is absolutely awesome :D It really exceeded my expectatives. Even more when I found out that I could play yesterday, 8 hours before the release. ^_^"

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@blindbraille: Not sure what you mean by that, but if you are looking for the exit, it is right there, at the top of the right.

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@mbradk:


You could have stopped after 4 words and it would have been just as true.

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@mbradk: agreed. in ultra/high settings with hair dynamic fully turned on in 1440p, game barely flutters under 60 fps for me... i was surprised to be able to download it yesterday, too!! spot on mbradk... game is GORGEOUS

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@Earl_Lacquer@mbradk: I went on a terrible fight against 8 wolves yesterday ( Playing on most difficulty setting ). The FPS didn't dropped below 60. I got two 980, but even so, there are so many players complaining on NVidia forum.

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@mbradk@Earl_Lacquer: You needed 2 $500 graphic cards to get the game to stay at 60fps. lol!! Too funny.

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@mbradk@Earl_Lacquer: i think it's optimized well. i have two strix gtx 970's but bc of the refresh rate on my pb278q moniter i have vsync on @ 60. nvidia upgraded my graphics card and when it did it went to this default single card setting for whatever reason, so i actually played ten minutes or so at the beginning off just one of those cards and my fps was still 40-50 in high settings, sure, it dipped into the 30's, but for the most part it hovered near 50. i can't say i'm surprised, but it's still crazy the number of people complaining just about everywhere right now. lol.. yep. it's just a terrible awful game... smh

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@Earl_Lacquer@mbradk: It always disable the Crossfire/SLI configuration before it upgrades it's drivers. Was always like that ( At least was since 240~ when I first made my first SLI config ). There is a HUGE article on NVidia website about each configuration. With everything on High ( Most on Ultra ), I can run this game on 2160p60, a thing that I wouldn't think I would be able to :)

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@mbradk@Earl_Lacquer: LOL... apparently i missed that memo.. had sli since late last year and thought it was a setting on my end that kept resetting it after it updated... smh


Cheers,

-noooob

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Didn't play it without the patch but the game runs very very well on pc. Everything on Ultra except shadows which are on high. Constant 60fps.

With hairworks enabled however it's a different story. With all on it averages around 40fps dipping to 30 at times. With just Geralt it runs at 40-50fps. Still playable though but i prefer 60 so turn it off.

I will say this though, in many ways I don't think it looks at good as The Witcher 2. The Character models are definitely better but some of the environments, not so much. Saying that this is an open world so I guess thats to be expected.

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will i need this update or any other download to play this game offline please answer i need to know & can't get a straight answer from anyone

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@deathbrand: You don't need the update. But it will improve the overall performance. Less frame rate drops and crashes. But without the update the game will run fine for you.

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@deathbrand: I need to download this update in GOG Galaxy to play the game, not sure about other installations.

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@nomadie: Not funny actually :)


The game works great without the update (game was reviewed on version without day one patch). You should be appreciative that the developer wishes to improve the experience after going gold. It's a day ONE patch, not a day 30 patch. Love you overly entitled "gamers".

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@nomadie: This has been a thing for years with every game, or have you been living under a rock?

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My GoG says in another 9 hours it'll be playable when it said 2 hours ago like 30 minutes ago wtf..

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"Boat behavior"

New favorite patch notes line.

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@Mogan: Do you actually control a boat? I thought it was just for loading transitions to certain areas.

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@hystavito@Mogan: You sit in a boat and sail on water.

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Wait wait wait, I dont get it. Is the game released already?! I mean some people talk about patch 2 being online already for PS4!!? what?! Could somebody explain to me please?

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@CrazyBahal:


The digital version was available at midnight. Midnight in POLAND. So it actually released on Monday afternoon in America.

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@CrazyBahal: i have pre ordert it on pns store i have version 1.01 , but some people have version 1.02 . if i press on update it says i have the latest version fucking weird

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2 and a half hours until it unlocks digitally.

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@CrazyBahal: Yes, some stores have started selling the game early. Some people who ordered online got it early from places like Amazon. People that ordered the digital copy will be able to play in less than 4 hours from now.

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@rsp1218@CrazyBahal: Yea I've already got my copy lol, been playing it for four days now everyone should get it even if you haven't played a witcher game before

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So has anyone who couldn't get into the Witcher 2 playing this? What are your thoughts so far? I really wanted to like the Witcher 2 as the developers have a great attitude, but it just felt too restricted and I never got that far through it.

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@jellyman68: Witcher 3 is more open with much less restrictions. It'll feel like Skyrim to an extent, but with more challenging combat.

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Nvidia have released some nice drivers for the release of the game if any of you PC guys out there are interested (This is a link to news relating to the topic) << LINK REMOVED >>

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Just hope gamestop charges me because i don't trust their glitchy system.
They haven't charged me and i'm getting nervous XD.

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