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Witcher 3 console patch skips one of the game’s worst issues

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CD Projekt Red have been working pretty darn hard since the release of The Witcher 3 last week, churning out patches for PC gamers at an alarmingly fast rate. Things are a bit slower on the console side thanks to certification issues, but last night the second patch for PS4 finally went live. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fix one of the biggest problems with the game.

Although it’s an issue that certainly never affected me, thousands of Witcher 3 players have been complaining about the size of the text in-game – and how it’s painful to actually play. It’s an issue that CD Projekt Red acknowledged, and promised to fix in a patch. That patch is probably still coming, but the 500MB one that went up yesterday doesn’t seem to be it.

It does, however, fix a whole host of other things, most importantly performance during certain sections of gameplay and cutscenes. The Witcher 3 is prone to nasty framerate drops in busy areas – and it becomes a real nightmare when you’re in seriously crowed streets of Novigrad or water logged bogs in Velen. The patch addresses this, among other things:

  • Corrects a bug where the player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs.
  • Corrects an issue related to Stamina regeneration while sprinting.
  • Corrects a bug that could cause spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • Reduces spawn times for certain groups of NPCs.
  • Blood particles will now properly appear on water surfaces after foes are killed.
  • Corrects a visual effect in the Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Improves foliage behavior in scenes.
  • Reduces foliage shadow popping.
  • “Melltith” sword is visible again.
  • Fixes some minor graphics bugs in gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.
  • Improves performance, especially in cutscenes and during gameplay.
  • Introduces a number of minor improvements in SFX.
  • Fixes an issue that could have caused an infinite loading screen in certain circumstances in
  • Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused rare instances of dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI, especially during games of gwent.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Fixes an occasional bug in the Journal in the Fake Papers quest.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.

The patch is still stuck in certification for the Xbox One, but should arrive either today or tomorrow (along with a fix to the nasty save bug it has). This puts the consoles a version behind where the PC is now – although the most recent patch was geared more towards exclusive features such as Hairworks and improved texture streaming for different cards. I have no doubt there will be more patches in the near future for both Xbox One and PS4 – it’s just that certification delays the process somewhat.

And hopefully by the next time you’re forced to update, the text will be a lot more comfortable to glance over. The long it takes, the more disgruntled fans will become.

Last Updated: May 27, 2015

112 Comments

  1. The Sten

    May 27, 2015 at 11:35

    The Patcher 3: Bug Hunt

    Reply

    • Ottokie

      May 27, 2015 at 11:39

      • Ottokie

        May 27, 2015 at 11:40

        GIF fail xD

        Edit…never mind I guess, its working lol

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 27, 2015 at 11:43

        Bwahahahaha!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 27, 2015 at 12:01

          So kinda like meatspin.gif?

          Reply

          • Ottokie

            May 27, 2015 at 12:04

            Ahhh reminds me of the great meatspin accident of 2012 in Discuss. Someone linked it accidentally xD

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 27, 2015 at 12:09

            xD

          • Ottokie

            May 27, 2015 at 12:09

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 27, 2015 at 12:17

            The HORROR

          • Splooshypooh

            May 27, 2015 at 12:29

            Wednesday MADE! Sending the link to select coworkers for ULTIMATELULZ!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 27, 2015 at 12:42

            Please let us know about the results!

          • Splooshypooh

            May 27, 2015 at 12:54

            Got a few no-replies, and one of the guys is looking at me… like he “knows” me D:

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 27, 2015 at 12:57

            xD

          • Ranting Raptor

            May 27, 2015 at 12:46

            looooooool. Dat comments section. The horror hahahahahahah

      • GooseZA

        May 27, 2015 at 11:58

        LOL! I have to try this πŸ˜€

        Reply

      • The Sten

        May 27, 2015 at 11:59

        cant……stop…..watching

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 27, 2015 at 12:00

        Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

        Reply

      • HairyEwok

        May 27, 2015 at 12:05

        This reminded me of vvv but in Witcher 3 mode. (refresh)

        Reply

        • FoxOneZA

          May 27, 2015 at 12:19

          WIN!

          Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 27, 2015 at 12:49

        It doesn’t look too Aard to do that

        Reply

      • Sageville

        May 27, 2015 at 13:58

        Totes gonna try that tonight

        Reply

      • Rock789

        May 27, 2015 at 15:05

        All you need now is another player on the other side, trying to do this in reverse and… VOILA… You got yourself an epic mini-game! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

        Reply

      • JayDiCee

        May 27, 2015 at 18:00

        This is why Geralt must lay off the beans!!!

        Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 27, 2015 at 12:14

      Compared to other large games before it like Skyrim. There are surprisingly few bugs.

      Reply

      • Steffmeister

        May 27, 2015 at 12:20

        Totally agree, for a game this size cdpr have done really well. People just like to complain I guess.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 27, 2015 at 12:23

          They do.

          Reply

          • The Sten

            May 27, 2015 at 15:24

            Yeah i was just poking fun, havent yet played it myself πŸ˜€

      • TheAnsible

        May 27, 2015 at 16:10

        Completely agree. The biggest thing I have run into was with the game save issue and losing some progress. But I found a work around… save frequently. Other than that great game I just wish my life would stop getting in the way.

        Reply

  2. Pieter Kruger

    May 27, 2015 at 11:36

  3. kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

    May 27, 2015 at 11:37

  4. Uberutang

    May 27, 2015 at 11:38

    When will they patch the biggest issue with the game on console? The super low frame rate?

    Reply

    • Sageville

      May 27, 2015 at 11:42

      I’m sure this is massively important to someone who gives a shit.

      Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 27, 2015 at 11:42

      when the playstation computer is released.

      Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 27, 2015 at 11:44

      When they remaster it in 3 years for the new consoles.

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        May 27, 2015 at 11:45

        * 7 years

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 27, 2015 at 11:46

          Wait, when did Llew start working on the next consoles?

          Reply

          • Ottokie

            May 27, 2015 at 11:46

            7th of May

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2015 at 11:47

            Not July?

          • Ottokie

            May 27, 2015 at 11:48

            7th of July is end of probation then he is a fully fledged employee.

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2015 at 11:49

            Ok cool. Let’s hope he makes the cut.

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          May 27, 2015 at 11:57

          I won’t be surprised to see current gen having a shorter hardware life span than the previous one.

          Reply

          • Ottokie

            May 27, 2015 at 12:01

            True, hardware is evolving at a much faster rate. So PS 5 2016 confirmed xD

            PS. I still owe you that part in Warframe πŸ˜› my telkom exchange has been down for almost 2 weeks so no interwebs at home.

    • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

      May 27, 2015 at 11:54

      When they’ve collected enough “muh downgrade” tears from the mustart race

      Reply

    • GooseZA

      May 27, 2015 at 11:57

      Looks and plays fine for me? Sure, it’s not 60fps smooth as butter (hell, I’m on XB1 so it’s not even 1080p lol), but I’m SUUUUPER stoked with it. Amazing game.

      Reply

      • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

        May 27, 2015 at 11:59

        Gaming isn’t about “gameplay” or “having fun”. It’s about benchmarking your pc and taking screenshots of the floor/horse cocks

        Reply

        • GooseZA

          May 27, 2015 at 12:01

          I lolled.

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 27, 2015 at 12:07

          Ooooh plus pixel counting and frame rates.

          Reply

        • Uberutang

          May 27, 2015 at 12:10

          You are being exclusive again Marin. It is also about those things, but not limited to them. You can have fun and enjoy the gameplay while marvelling at the super smooth 60fps and beautiful game world. Well when I say you, I mean PC gamers. On console you can only enjoy the gameplay and have fun, but not enjoy the silky smooth 60fps.

          Reply

          • FoxOneZA

            May 27, 2015 at 12:24

            I find TPS games look erratic at 60FPS. Around 45fps is more lifelike to the eye.

          • Sageville

            May 27, 2015 at 12:24

            Some people may infer that you being a 4k pc aficionado, commenting here about console frame rates, may be considered trolling.

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 27, 2015 at 12:16

          People always forget how important this is.

          Reply

      • Uberutang

        May 27, 2015 at 12:03

        but… and there lies the issue. Never settle!

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 27, 2015 at 12:01

      It’s so slow when the game boots Witcher 1 loads

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 27, 2015 at 12:02

        Bwahahaha!

        Reply

      • FoxOneZA

        May 27, 2015 at 12:23

        LMAO!

        Reply

  5. Sageville

    May 27, 2015 at 11:41

    Question, are you guys keeping all the books and notes you come across?

    Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 27, 2015 at 11:41

      read, sell, read, sell, read, sell.

      Reply

      • Sageville

        May 27, 2015 at 11:42

        Phew, thought there may be a test at the end.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 27, 2015 at 11:43

          Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell….. almost read, Sell, Sell

          Reply

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 27, 2015 at 11:44

            aye, correction, open book, sell, open book, sell, open book, sell.

          • Sageville

            May 27, 2015 at 11:50

            I have like 2 inventory pages of books, in one of them is some clue as to where the hell I’m supposed to go to complete a quest…. #IReadGoodly

        • Ir0nseraph

          May 27, 2015 at 11:44

          I don’t read all of them , some I open and close just for incase , only read the interesting ones like the vampire lore.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            May 27, 2015 at 11:58

            I lost a piece of paper that was need for a quest. Or I sold it. hing is I don’t know what I did with it

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 27, 2015 at 12:01

            *Thing

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2015 at 12:03

            He sold the “T” too.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 27, 2015 at 12:07

            I even sold out on the Master Race by playing on console

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2015 at 12:09

            In that case, you’re on your own.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 27, 2015 at 12:22

            Actually I’m not XD

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 27, 2015 at 12:03

            well if you sold it , go visit all the merchants and you might find it again , if you dropped it just start the game from the beginning again πŸ˜›

          • Hammersteyn

            May 27, 2015 at 12:04

            all the merchants O_0

    • Nikola

      May 27, 2015 at 11:47

      I sell them hey once they are read no point in keeping them:)

      Reply

  6. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    May 27, 2015 at 11:49

    Normally I would go “Hahahaha peasant noobs!” but I really feel bad for you guys cause Witcher is just that awesome I don’t care what you play it on.

    Reply

  7. WitWolfy

    May 27, 2015 at 11:50

    I hope they fix that irritating bug, well for me its a bug where you have to stand on certain spots to climb on your horse and look a monster a certain angle to loot them at times.

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      May 27, 2015 at 13:35

      Ah yes. Many games have that issue. Annoys me too.

      Reply

  8. Jac7

    May 27, 2015 at 11:51

    Getting an operation early next week. Booked off for the rest of the week. Getting this to ease my recovery. Never have I been so excited about getting an operation.

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 27, 2015 at 11:55

      Awesome (at you getting and playing the game)

      Also, I hope you recover well before your sick leave is up!

      What operation are you getting, if you are inclined to share?

      Reply

      • Ragnar The Vengeful

        May 27, 2015 at 12:07

        That’s a very personal question for a public forum. My guess is gender reassignment….

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 27, 2015 at 12:24

          Admiral did not ask you for your fondest wish, sir! But glad you feel so comfortable sharing…

          Reply

        • Jac7

          May 27, 2015 at 12:56

          They are removing an additional penis from my foot and giving it to someone less fortunate.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 27, 2015 at 12:57

            So you gain a few cm’s in height when excited?

          • Jac7

            May 27, 2015 at 13:09

            It came in handy (sounds off, don’t it) as a kid when I was too short to ride some of the roller coasters.

          • Sageville

            May 27, 2015 at 13:05

            Again, I am truly grateful, can’t wait to try out my new extra penis #DualWieldingFTW

      • Jac7

        May 27, 2015 at 12:55

        Small op under the foot. Nothing major, but I won’t be able to walk.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 27, 2015 at 13:03

          Nice, so you can “recuperate” in peace

          Reply

          • Jac7

            May 27, 2015 at 13:04

            I probably don’t even need the op, but it’s the only way to get time off from work to go explore that sexy world.

    • Trevor Matrix

      May 27, 2015 at 12:22

      Read that as “Never have I been so excited about getting an erection.” I think I need that op or in te very least, new glasses.

      Reply

      • Jac7

        May 27, 2015 at 12:54

        Well, erection excitement is a given.

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 27, 2015 at 13:54

          Not when it is your aunt wanting the erection…

          Reply

  9. Steffmeister

    May 27, 2015 at 12:00

    Really don’t find the text an issue. Luckily my eyes are good. Glad to see they fixed the ‘Wandering in the dark’ quest. Got stuck in loading screens a couple of times. Other than that, no major issues/bugs for me.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 27, 2015 at 12:02

      Same here
      *Eat yer carrots boys and girls

      Reply

      • Ir0nseraph

        May 27, 2015 at 12:22

        No complaints about text size too.

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        • KingKappie

          May 27, 2015 at 13:54

          Since when does size matter πŸ˜‰

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          • Trevor Matrix

            May 27, 2015 at 13:54

            Not what she said, but what you cried a few times, amiright?

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 27, 2015 at 14:02

            XD

  10. Allykhat

    May 27, 2015 at 12:20

    This is the reason I moved from playing on TVs to playing on my 27inch PC monitor

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    • Steffmeister

      May 27, 2015 at 12:23

      No issue for me on ps4

      Reply

  11. Steffmeister

    May 27, 2015 at 12:24

    Did they fix Roach’s tail coming off and floating mid air while talking to npc’s?

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 27, 2015 at 12:25

      Hasn’t happened to me in a while now, but I think I’ve just been lucky

      Reply

    • Ottokie

      May 27, 2015 at 12:26

      This sounds like a super funny bug xD

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 27, 2015 at 12:27

      To keep the pesky flies at bay!

      Reply

  12. Ranting Raptor

    May 27, 2015 at 12:38


    Corrects a bug that could cause spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.”

    [insert juvinile laughter here]

    Reply

    • Trevor Matrix

      May 27, 2015 at 12:40

      LoL. Now if only CDPR can help ME with that bug…

      Reply

      • Ranting Raptor

        May 27, 2015 at 12:42

        huehuehuehuehue

        Reply

  13. Krabby Paddy

    May 27, 2015 at 13:24

    Maybe they are trying to tell all console gamers that they need glasses (or new ones), because obviously they can’t see that they have bought a load of crap.
    *I feel safe posting this as the article is now old enough and not too many will see this comment.

    Reply

  14. SEGA Neptune

    May 27, 2015 at 14:11

    Nep Nep thinks that gamers need to buy TVs for gaming. OR GET GLASSES.

    Also Nep Nep does not need patches. GAME runs like Tofu Pudding πŸ™‚

    Reply

  15. Rock789

    May 27, 2015 at 15:06

    Maybe the small text is highlighting that a lot of gamers need glasses! **runs**
    :p

    Reply

  16. Cuan Lohrentz

    May 27, 2015 at 15:36

    Also…major input lag using XBox 360 controller on PC πŸ™ MEH!

    Reply

  17. D1rtyH@rry

    May 28, 2015 at 10:17

    Since the patch yesterday (27th May) the frame-rate has gotten worse.

    I tried to play last night and it was just so difficult as the frames couldn’t keep up. The rain was pouring down in the game in a swamp area and I came across a group of four bandits. The performance was so slow and choppy.

    I have to stop playing this game for a few months to see if it gets fixed because it’s unplayable in a lot of sections.

    Reply

  18. Matthew

    June 1, 2015 at 01:58

    Is the patch that’s coming to consoles going to fix the whole White Orchard Innkeep Gwent issue where the cards are given to the merchant?

    Reply

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