The Witcher 3 campaign was missing a chapter that few remember, and now you can play it with this mod

The Witcher 3 is not only a jewel of Western RPGs, but its importance has transcended this medium of entertainment and its characters rub shoulders with the most important and prominent in popular culture. 8 years have passed since that magnum opus by CD Projekt RED landed on PC and consoles, and this week, more than five years later and hundreds of hours of play, I returned to The Witcher 3 to play the mode «A Night to Remember“, and thus close the story we saw in a trailer.

It sounds completely crazy, I know, but in 2021, when the mod was officially released, I incomprehensibly overlooked it. Now, I have made up for it like never before, and I want to tell you what A Night to Remember is, why it sounds familiar to you and how to have it on your PC.

Mod A Night to Remember from The Witcher 3

If you remember, back in May 2015, just 5 days before the release of The Witcher 3, the Poles from CD Projekt released their premiere trailer with a spectacular melody that is still remembered today; a superbly choreographed and iconic trailer where ever they come.

Like many of the game’s cinematic glimpses, A Night to Remember was nothing more than a window into one of the many missions that the witch Geralt had before the events of The Witcher 3, but something particular happened with this one, and that is that Orianna acted of presence in the Blood and Wine expansion. The mod’s narrative didn’t revolve around him, but it left us wondering, how did Geralt come to decapitate (post-mortem) an “ally” from The Witcher 3? A Night to Remember is the answer.

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This mod is an excellent closure to the plot of oriana, which in turn acts as one more chapter —super cohesive— in the story of Geralt de Rivia. In fact, the sorcerer’s attitude during the plot of Blood and Wine and how he has to swallow his words in the face of the vampire’s atrocities, give a perfect reason for Geralt’s actions.

Of course, to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and that is that although borders on perfection within the narrative of Geralt’s storyThere are certain details that are impossible to ignore. Although the mod has fan dubbing, a very good one to tell the truth and that focuses on secondary characters to take the focus off their obvious inexperience, Doug Cockle’s voice has been generated mostly thanks to an AI. Although you will find lines of dialogue that are dubbed by Cockle, they correspond to phrases random of the original game and/or its DLC, as well as the trailer for A Night to Remember itself, the rest is part of the CyberVoice software. It is something that generated a significant controversy at the time. I want to comment on it in light of the current situation of constant, well-founded debate and the impact on the work of professionals.

Details to be considered

As such, there are no requirements beyond the obvious, but a number of points are worth mentioning. Details to be considered:

  • You must have The Witcher 3 and its 2 DLCs for it to work (you don’t have to have finished any of them, though).
  • However, if you don’t want spoilers nothing, you will have to complete the mission “Easy Blood” from the Blood and Wine DLC.
  • The mod has been updated to the Next Gen version from The Witcher 3, so it works today without any problem.
  • It does not overwrite any previous games.
  • In case, like me, you played The Witcher 3 before its Next Gen update, you just have to update the game and the games will be updated to the latest version.

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In case of playing before finishing the DLC, I don’t know how it will affect the main story, especially if we take into account that the objective of the mod is to kill Orianna and replicate the A Night to Remember trailer. Hopefully the game’s story will run its course, but then I would recommend finishing the entire Blood and Wine plot just in case.

Image from The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED)

How to install the A Night to Remember mod?

  1. Download the mod A Night to Remember from NexusMods.
  2. We extract the .zip/.rar file into a separate folder and 2 files and 2 other folders will appear (these are the important ones).
  3. Inside the dlc folder we will find the folder “dlcNightToRemember” > copy it > paste it into the game’s DLC folder: (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\The Witcher 3\DLC)
  4. Finally, we copy the folder “modNightToRemember” (you will find it in the Mods folder of the downloaded file) and paste it in your mods folder inside the game directory: (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\The Witcher 3\Mods)

In this last step, in case you don’t have a mods folder (if you haven’t installed any), you can create it yourself with the name Mods (respect the capital letter). There you will paste the mentioned folder.

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