February 7, 2023

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The Witcher 3 next-gen update finally lets you pet roaches

If the most devastating part of The Witcher 3 for you was not being able to tell Roach what a good boy he is, you’ll be pleased to hear that CD Projekt Red has fixed that glaring omission. As part of the game’s next-gen upgrade, players can now pet Geralt’s legendary horse, Roach. This is by far the most significant feature of the patch.

In a video posted by Twitter user and Witcher creator Neon Knight, Geralt walks up to his horse and gently strokes his mane. You can do this in your game by simply approaching Roach and then holding down the jump button.

The Witcher 3 is a huge game that sings for its attention to the small parts of its world. While the game barely needed you to be able to pet Roach, it’s a beautiful and expressive gesture. It adds another touch of tenderness to Geralt’s superficially harsh personality. He may have had many different horses over the years, but he’s always named them Roach, a continuity that reflects simple, unabashed care. Players have also turned a glittery cockroach into a meme or written odes to the game’s most loyal companion. It’s nice to be able to express that affection in small ways in-game.

The Witcher 3 next-gen update also adds a quest based on the Netflix show, includes various mods, cross-saves, and a photo mode. It’s functionally the same game, but with some new visual flourishes and quality of life improvements.

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