The Witcher PS5 and Xbox Series X versions have now been rated in North America

The Witcher 3
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Update: The Witcher 3 on PS5 and Xbox Series X has now been rated by the ESRB.

Earlier today, Gematsu noted that the ESRB ratings board - the United States' equivalent of Europe's PEGI - had listed the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of The Witcher 3 on its database. This makes the ESRB the second ratings board in as many days to make reference to the forthcoming versions of CD Projekt Red's game, making an announcement surrounding the ports likely imminent.

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Update: CD Projekt Red has confirmed to GamesRadar+ that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won't be launching on PS5 and Xbox Series X today after a PEGI rating went live suggesting it would.

In an early statement to GamesRadar+, a spokesperson for the developer said: "PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S are new platforms for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so the game had to be submitted for age classification on these platforms specifically. This is standard procedure and the date mentioned on PEGI's website is the rating's issue date." 

The CD Projekt Red spokesperson also reiterated that the release date for this version of the game is yet to be announced.

The PEGI site seemed to indicate that 19/10/21 was the release date for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Game of the Year Edition on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but the fact this rating has emerged is itself a sign that news on the new-gen port should be imminent.  

: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could be launching on PS5 and Xbox Series X imminently, according to a PEGI leak.

The ratings board (via Gematsu) updated the beloved RPG's age rating information to include a PS5 and Xbox Series X version that will launch on 19/10/21. 

The updated listing is for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year edition, which means it would include the base game, alongside the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine expansions for PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S players. 

While CD Projekt Red has previously committed to bringing The Witcher 3 to new-gen consoles at some point in the second half of 2021, this leak is the first time we've seen a concrete date for the RPG on these platforms. 

And, with The Witcher Season 2 set to drop on Netflix on December 17, now could be the perfect time to remind people of the world they've so dearly missed. Let's just hope that Roach won't end up on any more thatched roofs. We can't imagine how sharp that hay is going to be in 4K...

Of course, The Witcher 3 isn't the only new-gen port that CD Projekt Red has been working on, with the Cyberpunk 2077 roadmap confirming that a new-gen version of their other massive RPG is due to hit consoles in 2022. 

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