The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Update

The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Leaked Source Code Fully Unlocked to Everyone

In June 2021, we reported on a huge leak regarding The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. As we claimed back then, the source codes of these two games were leaked online. However, there was a catch to this. Apparently, the source code archives were password protected, meaning that most who got their hands on them could not unpack them. Until now.

While I won’t be sharing any links to the place where you can find the passwords for the archives, we can confirm that these work. The passwords that were shared were for The Witcher 3 (both the original and the next-gen versions), Gwent and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

CDPR will be releasing the REDkit Modding Tools for The Witcher 3 in 2024 on PC. So, while this leak is an unfortunate turn of events, it’s not particularly exciting for most PC gamers. After all, with the REDkit tools, you will be able to create everything you can think of for TW3. From DLC-sized expansions to even total conversions, modders will be able to fully express their creativity.

This leak will most likely be useful for those who want to learn how CDPR has managed to create this game. The source code will expose every trick the team used. So, for your average modder, this won’t be particularly useful.

In short, I don’t expect anything noteworthy to happen. Don’t believe me? Well, have you seen anything regarding GTA5? Or how about the first Far Cry game? Their source codes were leaked on the Internet a while ago and we haven’t seen any ground-breaking mod for them. Hell, we haven’t even seen anyone implementing Ray Tracing effects on them. Or how about the arcade version of Mortal Kombat 2? Oh, and let’s also not forget Watch Dogs: Legion.

Basically, this is a nothing-burger for most of us. My guess is that those who will benefit from this leak are small game developers. By getting access to the code, they will see how CDPR has managed to create the game’s scripts, AI and renderer. Of course, they won’t be able to use them in their games. However, they can give them an insight into how things were done in this particular game.

Before closing, I suggest taking a look at some mods for The Witcher 3 Next-Gen. You can download a really cool first-person mod. Furthermore, the Characters Reworked Project improves the quality of over 100 characters. Yesterday, we shared a must-have gameplay overhaul mod. Let’s also not forget this mod that lets you kill most in-game NPCs. In December 2023, we shared this mod that restores content that was cut from all previous The Witcher games. Then we have the Witcher 3 Next-Gen Combat Redux Mod. Earlier this month, we shared a mod that attempted to remove the fake “hero” light from the game’s cut-scenes.

We also have some mods for those playing with Ray Tracing. The RTX Mirrors Mod adds proper reflections to the game’s mirrors. Then we have this mod that improves the fire effects via Ray Tracing Global Illumination. And finally, this mod fixes the Ray Tracing bleach issues.

Stay tuned for more!