European rating board PEGI have rated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition for next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
UPDATE: We reached out to CD Projekt Red for clarification regarding The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition rating. We asked if the rated PS5 / XSX|S version is indeed the next-gen upgrade with ray tracing and other improvements. Here's CD Projekt Red's response in full:
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 a standard procedure and the date mentioned on PEGI's website is the rating's issue date.
Original Story: We still don't have the release date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC but it looks like CD Projekt Red could be announcing something very soon. The game of the year edition of The Witcher 3 has been officially rated by Pan European Game Information (PEGI), a European rating board, for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles.
When games get rated by rating boards like this, that usually means that the release date is very close. CD Projekt heads recently said in the most recent investor call that they do not have a solid release date for The Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade and that the game could even get delayed to 2022.
This contradicts the rating, which suggests that The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt GOTY Edition is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S today - October 19, 2021. Whether this happens, it remains to be seen.
The Witcher 3 next-gen version is confirmed to include faster loading times on consoles, ray-tracing and other visual improvements like sharper textures and more detailed foliage. Also, players can look forward to some new content like items inspired by Netflix's The Witcher TV series.
You can find more details about the next-gen version of The Witcher on the official website.