The Witcher 3’s uber-popular grim lighting mod has received a next-gen update

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The Witcher 3's Geralt looking quite grim.
Credit: Banjomir777 on Nexus Mods.

With many long-term lovers of The Witcher 3 deciding to return to the game in order to check out last month’s free next-gen update, the streets of The Continent are bustling with more life than they’ve seen in a good while.

Those jumping back into the body of the white wolf on PC might have noticed that modders have been hard at work altering and adjusting some of the fresh content added by the update, such as its armours and medallions, to suit their own liking.

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In addition to these fresh works, a lot of the popular mods that you might already have in your load order have been receiving the necessary updates to work with the newest version of the game, with the latest being a lighting mod that really brings out The Continent’s dark fantasy vibes.

Fancy embracing the dark fantasy aesthetic for your next-gen Witcher 3 playthrough?

The mod that brings these vibes to the game’s next-gen version is called ‘Grim Lighting Revived (Next-Gen)’ and is the work of modder Banjomir777, whose previous work has refined Geralt’s appearance a little and tweaked how his default armour looks.

This time, they’ve decided to update vinh1998’s ‘Grim Lighting’, which aims to emulate some of the game’s original E3 trailers by making things look a lot more grim and moody, matching the mood of many of the game’s more serious quests and gothic monsters, as you can see in the video below showcasing the original mod.

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After all, if you’re battling a band of drowners and foglets in the moist depths of swampy Velen, being surrounded by blinding sunshine might impact how immersed you can get in the gritty reality of life on the Witcher’s path.

Similarly, heading off to battle Skellige’s Ice Giant might feel a bit more foreboding if the sunset overhead looks a bit more subdued than it does spectacular.

That said, if you’re one of those who likes to revel in the beauty of Beauclair whenever you take a trip to Toussaint or simply end up tripping over tables and chairs if the interiors of buildings are a bit dingy, the mod might not be up your alley.

Regardless of how many cat potions you generally end up going through while exploring caves and elven ruins, make sure to follow us to get updates on The Witcher Remake and for coverage of some cool Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 mods. You can also check out our mods of the month for December 2022.