E3 2019 - CD Projekt RED's legendary open-world RPG is being condensed to the Nintendo Switch this year, but another studio is coming in to help with porting.
Saber Interactive, the dev team behind World War Z, is porting Geralt's sprawling epic fantasy story to the Switch, a press release today confirmed. While CD Projekt RED isn't directly adapting the game (all hands are on deck for Cyberpunk 2077's launch in 2020), the Polish devs will be intimately involved with the process: "The game is being ported to Nintendo Switch by Saber Interactive in close cooperation with CD PROJEKT RED," reads a press release.
The Witcher 3: Complete Edition brings every post-release expansion--including Hearts of Stone and the massive Blood and Wine--and DLC release onto the Switch. It's being developed to "take full advantage of everything the Switch has to offer," hinting motion controls could be included (this hasn't been confirmed yet though).
The graphics admittedly don't look too hot and we're worried about the performance too. The Switch isn't exactly a beastly system, and The Witcher 3 looked and played great on consoles...but the Switch is drastically downgraded in terms of power. But CDPR and Saber could pull it off.
Whether or not the included expansions will need to be downloaded separately remains unknown, but I imagine we'll see forked content. The Witcher 3 is a massive game, after all.
The retail Switch version is packed with extra goodies including a full map and more.
The retail edition includes:
- Game card with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt base game,
- Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine expansions, and 16 DLC
- Game box
- The Witcher Universe: Compendium
Re-releasing The Witcher 3 on the Switch makes a lot of sense for CDPR. The platform is immensely lucrative and has been a huge springboard for re-releases and remasters. Just about every third-party dev is re-launching yesteryear classics on the Switch for good reason--it's a goldmine with a hungry userbase that avidly consumes games. Soon we'll be able to play gaming's best RPG on-the-go.
The Witcher 3 will release on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year.