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Original story (published on December 14, 2022) follows:

CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most popular and acclaimed action RPGs of all time. It recently received a new next-gen update that offers several visual and technical improvements.

However, it seems that the update has partially broken the game due to its constant crashing.

The Witcher 3 crashing after the next-gen update

That said, a number of The Witcher 3 players (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) have taken to Twitter to report severe crashing issues on PC and Steam Deck after the recent update.


@witchergame update killed my game 😕🙃 it keeps crashing on load and ahhhhhhhhhhh fuck.

The Witcher 3 Next-gen update on PC is crashing every time after loading in for me. Also, why is there a freaking launcher now?

Reports suggest that players are unable to launch or play the game owing to frequent crashes. It also starts crashing when they turn on Ray tracing in graphics settings.

Modifying or lowering the graphics settings also doesn’t help fix the issue. It rather keeps showing the following message.

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Surprisingly, the game behaves erratically even for those who have powerful hardware. This also ends up popping the above-mentioned crash report for players.

No official response

The developers haven’t commented on the crashing issue yet. There is also no workaround that can help fix it temporarily. Players will have to wait indefinitely for the team to come up with a permanent resolution.

We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments and update this article as and when something noteworthy comes up.

Update 1 (December 16, 2022)

04:22 pm (IST): The Witcher 3 devs recommend players to update their GPU drivers to try to fix the crashing issue after the Next-gen update.

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