The Witcher 3 has received a new update on Steam out of nowhere. It doesn’t seem to come with any official patch notes from the developers.
Steam Database has listed the files that were changed in this update, and it mostly seems to be for the localization. You can see that the files that were altered in this update include the main binary files for The Witcher 3 and speech files in the various languages.
It is too early to tell, but it can be a simple localization-related fix for the game. The size of the update is rather large though, even if it was supposed to be a minor one. As for the patch notes, we will update this article once any information is released for it. As it stands though, we are as clueless as you on why this update was suddenly released out of nowhere, which has also led to users complaining that the game is crashing now.
Update: Here is the official statement from CD Project Red on this new update.
Hey, we’ve added support for Simplified Chinese. We had to add Simplified Chinese strings file, update the executable and one of patch.bundle files for that.
If you had mods installed it may happen that this update resulted in game not starting. It’s due to the fact that if Steam sees an update, it compares the files you have with the files on servers and overrides them if there’s a difference. So your mod scripts could be overridden. If you install your mods once more the game should work, as we didn’t change scripts and their relation to code.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There is no similar update released for the console version, at least from what we have checked. If this changes, we will update the article to reflect it.
Let us know if you have noticed anything new after installing this update in the comments below.