The Witcher 3 Enhancement Project
by Tore Andersen
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, is the third game in the legendary RPG series about Geralt the witch hunter. The game is developed by Polish developers "CD Project RED", and was released by "CD Project" in 2015. The technical standard of the game is very high, but the story and game-play is where the game really stands out as a masterpiece. The attention to detail is incredible in almost every aspect of the game. However, the post-processing is actually not as good as it was in The Witcher 2. This guide has a new custom ReShade with more vibrant colors and improved image clarity.
The Witcher 3 Enhancement Project (W3EP), is a small step-by-step guide on how to visually improve The Witcher 3. No modding experience needed. The guide includes new HD textures, a few environment changes, and a better render for lighting and effects.
2: Mod installation
5: Witcher 3 Artwork
1 - Requirements
1: A fully updated version of The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (1.31),
with all DLC's installed. (The GOG
and Steam versions comes already updated)
*Start the game at least once before installing mods. (This will create the settings files)
2: Sign up at the Nexus and download the NexusModManager (NMM). It's free and it takes 2 minutes. (LINK)
*Installation instructions are on the Nexus site if needed.
Note: When scanning for games at the first launch, NMM won't automatically find The Witcher 3. Stop the scan, and enter the address manually instead.
Select the root of the Witcher 3 game folder, not the "bin/x64/" folder, like you would normally do with NMM. Select Withcer 3 root game folder, and NMM will recognize it.
2 - Installation
When starting NMM, use the
username and password from the Nexus site.
When following the links in this mod-list, you will land on the description page of the specific mod. Click the "Files" tab and you will get to the download section. Unless otherwise specified, find the "Main Files", usually at the very top, and click
NMM will catch the file and start downloading right away. NMM will automatically save it to the mod folder, and the mod will then show in the "mods" tab. Right click the downloaded mod, and you can choose to install, uninstall or permanently delete it. When it is installed, a green check mark will show next to the mod.
Download & install the following mods using NexusModManager (NMM),
with the exception of "The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project".
*If you install more mods than these, or if you don't install all of them, or if you use different versions/choices than those recommended, then you need to manually edit the "mods.settings" file. See descriptions under Settings.
Nitpicker's Patch - various visual fixes (LINK)
The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project (LINK)
Download "The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project 5.1" - Loose files, manually installation
1: Unpack to a temporary folder
2: Move the content of the "main folder" folder into the Witcher 3 game-folder
3: Move the content of the "Halk's Ultra HD Config" folder into the Witcher 3 game-folder. Overwrite.
Next Gen Candles (LINK)
Trimmed Pubic Hair (LINK)
I recommend installing "Trimmed A", but choose any version you prefer
MKM Ciri beauty face and big Breast (LINK)
Install 1: "MKMCiriBodyfix_non_SCAR_version"
Install 2: "MKMCiriBodyOPT3 'DLC fix costume"
*These are my recommendations. Use any two files you like, but only ONE main file, and ONE optional file
MKM Yennefer beauty face and big Breast and Ass (LINK)
Install 1: "MKMYenBodyfixDefoFix1"
Install 2: "MKMYenBodyfixTexture"
*These are my recommendations. Use any two files you like, but only ONE main file, and ONE optional file
MKM Shani beauty face and big Breast (LINK)
MKM Triss beauty face and big Breast (LINK)
Install 1: "MKMtrissBodyfix_DefoFixPantON__a__CiriDefo"
Install 2: "MKMtrissBodyfix_Texture"
Install 3: "MKMtrissBodyfix_HAIR_DEFO"
Install 4: "MKM_Face_RetextureFix_ALL"
*These are my recommendations. Use any four files you like, but only ONE main file, ONE hair file, ONE texture file, and ONE miscellaneous file
Active Witcher Zoom Updated (LINK)
Install: "AWZ VI - Active Witcher Zoom version 6.0.3"
*See in-game usage descriptions below under Settings
Infinite Carry Capacity (LINK)
Super Turbo lighting Mod (LINK)
Download "STLM 3.2"
*Add the file manually to NMM. Click "Add mod from file" from the side menu, and select the downloaded file. When added, install as usual.
Extended View Distance (LINK)
W.3.E.P. ReShade 1.2 (LINK)
Unpack this file manually into the Witcher 3 game folder. (Don't add it to NMM)
*Note for Windows 10 users:
The Creators update for Windows 10 introduced a wide variety of problems, especially for games with custom renders like ENB or ReShade. If you encounter problems like messed-up graphics or extreme slowdowns, then follow the steps in number 4 here: (LINK) *Pay special attention to the RivaTuner settings.
If this doesn't work, then Windows is somehow still blocking it. Search Google for alternative ways of forcing Windows 10 to use custom d3d files.
Mod settings file (DOWNLOAD)
Unpack this file manually into the Witcher 3 documents folder. (Don't add it to NMM)
Usually located here: "C:\Users\(*Username*)\Documents\The Witcher 3\"
*If you installed more mods than those listed here, or if you didn't install all of them, or if you installed different versions/choices than those recommended, then you need to manually edit this file. *See descriptions under Settings.
3 - Settings
1: Edit "rendering.ini". Needed for assigning more texture
Open "rendering.ini" with a notepad
*The file is located here: "(*Witcher 3 game folder*)\bin\config\base\"
Change it to e.g.:
TextureMemoryBudget=3000 *Set this number to be a little smaller than the amount of video memory you have. (3000 is about right if you have 4GB)
2: Edit "input.settings". Needed for he active Zoom Mod.
Open "input.settings" with a notepad
*The file is located here: "C:\Users\(*Username*)\Documents\Witcher 3\"
Now find the following tags:
Add the following lines under each tag:
To change camera view, use "left control" + "alt" + (any one of these keys: "z", "x", "c" or "v")
*V and C toggles 1st/3rd person view
3: Edit "mods.settings". *ONLY needed if you installed more mods than those listed above, or if you didn't install all of them, or if you installed different versions/choices than those recommended.
Open "mods.settings" with a notepad.
*File location: "C:\Users\(*Username*)\Documents\Witcher 3\".
This file includes all mods, with two tags under each. One that enables/disables the mod, and one that decides priority.
The file already includes everything listed in this guide with the right priority for each mod.
If you installed a different version of a mod, then all you need to change is that mod's name. *Open the "mods" folder inside the Witcher 3 game folder to see all mod names. Find the one in question and remember it's folder name. Then find the same mod in the mods.settings file, and edit it to be the exact same name as it had in the mods folder.
If you didn't install all the listed mods, then you need to remove the entries of those mods from the file. The priorities of the rest don't need to be changed.
If you installed more mods than listed in this guide, then you need to add those mods to the file, keeping the same format, and setting the right priority.
Info: Witcher 3 handles mods in a completely different way than e.g. the Elder Scrolls games. Witcher 3 loads all mods into memory, but identical data is not overwritten. If two mods try to use the same data at the same time (conflict), hen the game will give the mod with the lowest number priority. (Completely backwards, if you are used to modding Skyrim)
The Witcher 3 has 9999 number sluts, and low numbers take priority to high numbers. So if you want the content of mod X to overrule the content of mod Y, then mod X has to be assigned the lowest number of the two, which equals the highest priority.
Here is the tricky part: The game also uses this list as a load-order. It loads from top to bottom, so if you install a mod that depends on another mod, then that mod needs to be loaded before the one with the dependency.
That's it. The Witcher 3 is ready for launch
*Important: From the main menu, make sure you enable all alternative content. *This is
needed for the MKM mods to work properly.
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4 - W.3.E.P. Screenshots
(With/Without W3EP ReShade)
The Witcher 3 W3EP ReShade Panorama
5 - The Witcher 3 Art & Cosplay
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Game Info
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is a 3rd person action RPG in a
medeival European setting. The "hero", Geralt of Rivia, is a professional
monster hunter, a Witcher, who has lost his memory. The game has a pretty simple
fighting system, which due to the clumsy controls actually becomes complicated.
The difficult part is not the fighting in itself, but the maneuvering of the
excessive amounts of action keys. It shows that the game was developed for
consoles, which is he one and only down-side of the game that I can think of.
And it's not even THAT bad.
The game's AI and dynamic environment works really well, and the world seems believable and immersive, even though it's obvious in which direction the game wants the player to go. The game is nowhere near as open as e.g. the Elder Scrolls series, but the story is no less than extraordinary and very well written. The game world is huge and "alive" with different weathers, day/night cycles and time which actually influence the AI. For example, the werewolf's act according to the fullness of the moon. The world has: Humans, Elves, Dwarves, monsters, and other creatures that somewhat co-exist.
As with the previous two games, the story is in focus. The players choices affect the direction, the NPC's and the environment. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt has no less than 36 different endings! All depending on the players decisions throughout the game. The player can also have romantic relationship with some of the female characters. Like in the previous two games, this is not a huge part of the game, but it really adds to immersion, regardless of what the crazy feminist SJW's might say. Alchemy is a big part of the game, but it's importance rely on the chosen level of difficulty.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt has won several awards. Best role-playing game at E3
2014. 2 x People's Choice Award, also at E3 2014. Most Wanted Award in the 31st
& 32nd Golden Joystick Award 2014. Most Anticipated Game award at The Game
Awards 2014 in Las Vegas.
Two expansion packs were released in 2015/2016. Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine. The Game of the Year edition, which includes both expansions, was also released in 2016. The current GOG / Steam versions of the game, comes with all DLC content and fully updated to the latest version 1.31.