It had been rumored, but Nintendo made it official during its E3 2019 Nintendo Direct broadcast: CD Projekt Red's acclaimed role-playing game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is coming to Nintendo Switch. It's the Complete Edition heading to Switch, and this features the game's two substantial expansions--Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
In terms of a release date, Nintendo confirmed that The Witcher 3 will be available on Switch sometime later this year. It's already available for pre-order at some retailers.
Since the announcement during the Direct, a few additional details regarding the game have been shared, specifically regarding the technical side. Specifically, that The Witcher 3 runs at a dynamic 720p resolution on Switch in docked mode, or 540p in handheld mode. Visual compromises had to be made, of course, but that the game will even be on Switch at all is quite impressive.
The Witcher 3 was celebrated upon its initial release in 2015 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, so Switch owners are getting something special to play at home or on the go. With its mature content, The Witcher 3 is not exactly a natural fit with the Switch's younger-skewing, family-friendly audience, but it's not the first mature-themed game for Switch. The console also has M-rated titles available such as Skyrim, Bayonetta 2, Doom, and L.A. Noire.
CD Projekt Red's next game is Cyberpunk 2077, which launches on April 16, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The title hasn't been announced for Switch, though if The Witcher 3 does well on Nintendo's console that could--in theory at least--lead CD Projekt Red to at least consider bringing the title to Switch if it is technically possible.
More E3 news:
- New Xbox console, Scarlett, revealed
- Xbox Scarlett details: 8K, 120 FPS, SSD
- Elden Ring is From Software and George RR Martin's new game
- Cyberpunk 2077 release date announced
- Final Fantasy VII Remake release date announced
- Marvel's Avengers revealed
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