Magic users will “never want to go back”.
Magic, or sign wielding, has always been a viable path in The Witcher 3, but it’s never felt as smooth or dynamic as simply slashing with a sword. The problem always came down to the radial menu, which slowed down time to give Geralt ample opportunity to choose the spell that worked best for any given situation. While it made casting relatively simple, it also interrupted the flow of the player during combat.
All of that is about to change with the next current-gen update for The Witcher 3. Along with a massive visual overhaul that adds ray tracing, dynamic resolution, and FSR and DLSS support, Witcher 3 is getting a new home mode. session mode that allows you to cast spells without having to go to the radial menu.
The new mode has the player hold R2 to change all of their controller’s face buttons into assigned magic signs. This allows the player to tap a button to cast whatever spell they want. It is much faster than before and allows the player to quickly add magic to their normal combat routine.
“Personally, as someone who plays a lot, especially if you have a sign build, I would never want to go back,” Witcher 3 narrative director Philipp Weber said during today’s CD Projekt broadcast“I would say it’s more fun.”
Another new feature coming in the current-gen update that Weber seemed proud to show off is the new map filter. Previously, the default map was often turned into a mess of question marks that took away much of the exploration aspect of The Witcher 3. With the new filter, those question marks can be hidden. This makes for a cleaner map and allows players to embark on a journey of discovery more akin to Elden Ring than Witcher 3.
There is also a new photo mode in The Witcher 3 that is similar to the photo mode added to Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red promises that it will start a photo mode contest shortly after the update arrives on December 14.
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