The Witcher 3 The “next gen” update is finally out. It’s a mess on PC at the momentbut pretty cool on Xbox Series X and PS5. And if you’re one of the millions of players who want to come back to see Geralt’s rough but cute face with better lighting and a few more dimples, you need to know how to transfer save data from previous versions of the game. . Here’s everything you need to know about The Witcher 3′With cross-save transfer peculiarity.
The Witcher 3 supports cross-platform cloud saving like
A function that combines critically acclaimed open-world game with CD Projekt Red GOG.com servers means you can log into the game and your save data will follow you from version to version. However, there are a few important caveats. Save data cannot be transferred between different patch versions, and only your last accessed file will follow you between platforms.
Here is how CDPR describes it in Patch 4.0 Notes:
Added cross progression feature between platforms. Your latest saves will be automatically uploaded to the cloud so you can easily pick up where you left off on other platforms. Cross-progress provides the last save for each save type. This feature becomes available after you sign in to your account.
The cloud save feature is also available on the Switch version of the game, but since it won’t be updated to the new 4.0 version until some point in the future, it won’t work at this time.
How to transfer an old save
While you might think you can just download the latest version The Witcher 3 and immediately jump to your old save, it’s not that easy (unless you’re playing on Xbox Series X/S where smart shipping has you covered). Here are detailed instructions on how to enable cross-save and how to transfer old data including any new game files plus specifically from PS4 to PS5:
- Download the latest update for the latest generation version The Witcher 3
- Launch the game and go to the save save menu
- Press the left trigger to enable cross-save
- Use the on-screen QR code to sign in to your GOG account on your smartphone.
- Select “claim” and you’ll get new equipment for Geralt and activate the cross-save feature.
- Now load the save you want to transfer
- Manually save again to a new slot
- Download and open the next generation version The Witcher 3
- Go to Save Boot Menu
- Enable cross-save
- Login to your GOG account
Your save from the old version of the game should now show up in the menu.
It’s not perfect, but good enough
In an ideal world, you could just pass all your old save data to the new version of the game. While the cloud save feature is great for cross-saving across different platforms, it’s not as simple or comprehensive. as a workaround for some other games who have made the transition from the previous generation to the next, at least on the PlayStation front. For example, there is no easy way to transfer both a new game plus save file and a completed game save needed to create future new game pluses.
It’s a minor issue, but I ran into it nonetheless while trying to figure things out on my PS5. But on the other hand, this new feature finally solves the long-standing problem of PlayStation players being unable to access their save data from the starter copy. The Witcher 3 while playing the All-Encompassing Complete Edition.
And on that note, one last wrinkle to be aware of: you cannot transfer save data from Complete or Game of the Year editions to vanilla copies. This is how it’s always worked on PC, and it makes sense since the save data for GOTY and Complete Edition contains links to a bunch of stuff that isn’t in the base game.