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The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Makes Geralt's World Look Better Than Ever

Download the latest version of the mod for a fully textured world that’s more gorgeous now than you’ve ever seen it before.


If you’ve played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its expansions, you already know the game’s world is one of the most expansive and beautiful you’ll find on the PC, even to this day. The more than two years that have passed since its debut have done little to diminish that, but there comes a time when every gorgeous game can look even better.

HalkHoganPL, a modder known for his work with multiple blockbuster titles, has been working to improve the visuals in The Witcher 3 almost since the game arrived. He calls that effort The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project, and he recently updated it so the game looks more stunning than ever before.

The latest update brings a variety of welcome enhancements, including many textures that were created from scratch. They are more responsive to lighting sources, which produces a more vivid world, and the overall impact on your frame rate should be minimal. The edges of bricks protruding from stone walls now look more detailed, tiled roofs now seem more weathered, and even plant life has dramatically improved in some instances.

To play the modded version of the game, you will need the Nexus Mod Manager, if you don’t have it already. You also must make sure the mod itself is given priority, or other mods you previously installed may interfere and produce errors or performance issues.

Check out The Witcher 3 HD Reworked forum topic for more details and support, and happy witching!

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    July 21, 2017 6:30 PM

    Jason Venter posted a new article, The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Makes Geralt's World Look Better Than Ever

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      July 21, 2017 6:46 PM

      Minimal frame rate hit you say?

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      July 21, 2017 6:56 PM

      Nice. I'm still slowly playing through Witcher 3, but I might need to do a second play though with mods like this after I upgrade in the future.

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      July 21, 2017 7:19 PM

      Some nice textures!!

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      July 22, 2017 6:07 AM

      Oh nice, will download!

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      July 22, 2017 6:25 AM

      Cool.. for some reason I could never get into this game. I've replayed the opening part 3 times now but never get more than 3hrs into it before getting bored to tears.

      It's a beautiful game but I think combat and controls just suck which really detracts from me continuing to play it.

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        July 22, 2017 8:33 AM

        It's like Bioware Crabs. You have to get through that tough shell to get to the real meat.

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      July 22, 2017 6:25 AM

      I understand doing this with old games.

      But wasn't this game released last year, with support for all the super hd resolutions?

      From the video it looks like they added more contrast to everything and that's it.

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        July 22, 2017 6:31 AM

        huh.. did we watch the same video? It looks like all the textures are at least double the resolution or higher. But yes they punched up the contrast on a lot of them.

        yes it supports high resolutions but that doesn't fix anything if the game uses low resolution textures in some parts.

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        July 22, 2017 7:26 AM

        witchter 3 was released in 2015 however it took a while until the shack caught up with it

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        July 22, 2017 8:39 AM

        Yeah it already looked great

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        July 22, 2017 10:51 AM

        When a game is released they have to keep it under a certain spec in order to work on as many systems as possible. They have various ways of doing that but they usually don't have it to where the absolute maximum of what they could do with the highest end hardware because of the small number of people who could run something that high end (this is why the ultra HD texture packs tend to be free DLC).

        Modders like this guy don't have any commercial deadlines or limitations so he can keep making the game look better while the guys at CD Projekt can work on their next game.

        Just someone's hobby is all.

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      July 22, 2017 7:10 AM


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      July 22, 2017 8:34 AM

      Watched the whole video! Lots of nice changes, but he really really doesn't like the wet look of the anchors, which is too bad, since I think it's a nice touch.

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        July 22, 2017 9:36 AM

        That's where texture mods can go wrong imo. I get that the iron anchors (and the braziers) wouldn't have that high metallic sheen irl, but I bet the game's texture artists were using the shader to add contrast and 'pop' to them. Take that away and now they just blend into the general background. Sure, it's more 'realistic' with the new textures but it's also more bland for lack of a better term.

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          July 22, 2017 11:05 AM

          The worst case scenario: The Cinematic Mod for HL2. Especially the part where they ask you which kind of leather stripper slut you would like Alyx to look like.

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            July 22, 2017 11:20 AM

            The Cinematic Mod for Half-Life 2 is so monstrously bad it almost makes me take back all the bad things I've said about Gearbox's "HD" model pack for Half-Life.

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