If you’re one of those people that has run out of things to do in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you’ll have the opportunity to do it all over again. Apparently current Witcher 3 save files are incompatible with the upcoming Game of the Year Edition of the game.
The news came from CD Projekt RED’s community leader Marcin Momot on the CDPR forums, who revealed that the games saved on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of the game won’t be able to be ported over to the new version of Witcher 3.
According to Momot, the reason behind the problem is that the Game of the Year Edition and the regular version of Wild Hunt are treated by both systems as completely separate products, despite being the same game. The PC version might be an exception for Witcher 3 save files, but Momot said nothing in his statement about it, according to the website PlaystationLifestyle.net.
Considering that you could import saves of the other Witcher games from game to game on PC I wouldn’t count it out on PC yet, but we’ll just have to see if CD Projekt RED says anything about it themselves. So, if you’re already playing the full Witcher 3, with all of the DLC added on, you would probably be better off continuing with the version you have, rather than starting all over again.
The Witcher 3 Game of the Year edition won’t really have anything else going for it aside from a new achievement list; according to Momot the GOTY edition won’t have any additional content over what you can get with the base game and its season pass, including the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine story DLCs, and the six different free DLCs that CDPR released along with the game.
If you haven’t played Wild Hunt but want to, the Game of the Year edition might be for you. For anyone that’s already played the game, you should probably stick to the version you already have, if you value the Witcher 3 save files you’ve got.