Your Old Witcher 3 Saves Wont Be Compatible With GOTY Edition

by Brittany Vincent

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Game of the Year/Complete Edition is releasing pretty soon, but there's one caveat buyers may want to know about: Your save data from the original game can't be carried over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version. Bummer. That means you'll have to play from the beginning again if you end up purchasing the new version.

According to community manager Marcin Momot, "The save files on consoles won't be compatible between different game versions (GOTY vs regular version) as they are treated by systems as separate products. This is something that's not up to us. Sorry." However if you choose to purchase the PC version, according to Momot, you're in the clear. On PC, these things are much easily handled, so if you're hoping to continue your Witcher 3 save from your PC edition of the game, you should be fine. Everyone else may want to reconsider their purchase if retaining their save file is important.

Because of the save snafu, The Witcher 3 GOTY/Complete edition will also feature a separate Trophy and Achievement list, so you'll have to get them all again in a separate save file if you're looking to go the completionist's method. It's not a huge problem nor should it be a gamechanger, but it's definitely something to keep in mind as a rabid Witcher fan if you're looking to buy the game again.

The new release comes out on August 30th and will include all of the DLC released prior to the Complete edition, like Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. It's still a little bit ahead of the big release season coming up, so if you jump on the game now you should have plenty of time to clear your backlog ahead of time, even if you're swimming in releases like yours truly. It seems they never stop coming out when you've got a whole new slate of games to worry about, but luckily we're getting a little bit of a buffer in between games for a while. 

via GameSpot