Only a few days after launch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt already has two patches under its belt. The first one was a day-one patch that users had to install after downloading the initial game to actually play it. The second patch brings the game to version 1.03. We didn't run into any big issues during our time with the game, but it seems that a few changes are still needed.
The latest update includes 17 changes to the game. Aside from further stabilizing gameplay and the UI, there are graphical fixes including an improvement to Nvidia HairWorks performance and a correction on grass and foliage popping after settings were changed on foliage density. One of the more notable changes is an improved response in keyboard controls. The game seems to be better suited for a controller, but some players still prefer the traditional mouse and keyboard, and this latest patch makes the keyboard controls more tolerable. More details on the latest patch are listed below.
Improved stability in gameplay and the UI.Improved performance, especially in cutscenes and gameplay.Fixed grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed.Improved Nvidia Hairworks performance.Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset.Sharpened post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High.Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water.Corrected a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs.Improved menu handling.Corrected an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting.Fixed a cursor lock issue that sometimes occurred when scrolling the map.Generally improved world map focus.Improved input responsiveness when using keyboard.Corrected some missing translations in the UI.Corrected an issue in dialogue selections.Rostan Muggs is back.Minor SFX improvements.
Unbeknownst to most players, the day-one patch was full to the brim with upgrades, containing 600 fixes to the game. There might be more updates in the future, but hopefully none of that magnitude. In fact, patch 1.03 seems to be more about issues found after release. As always, players can report bugs and other issues on the game's technical support forum.