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The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch release date announced

Published: 11:04, 20 August 2019
CD Projekt Red
Geralt of Rivia, protagonist of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt

CD Projekt Red announced that The Witcher 3 will finally pop up on Nintendo Switch on 15 October 2019. Many were curious whether the handheld console will be able to run the game but the gameplay certainly points to a positive outcome.

Masterpieces that get as much traction as The Witcher 3 four years after the initial release are few and far between but CD Projekt Red seem to have a hit on their hands, repeated with the same title on a different platform. Todd Howard would be proud.

Unlike Skyrim, however, The Witcher 3's original launch was rocky due to technical issues even on high-end PCs, let alone consoles, leading fans to believe that Nintendo Switch port would not be possible. The Polish developers proved them wrong with a gameplay livestream that was played on Nintendo Switch and had stable FPS in a decent range.

It is hard to state the exact frame rate range but it definitely looked like it never dropped below 30 FPS. You can check the video below and see for yourself. As you may have expected, the graphics are not like on the PC but with Switch's tiny display, they don't really have to be as detailed.

Despite the gameplay, it's the video above that has everyone buzzing. The Witcher 3 Complete Edition will be released on Switch on 15 October 2019 which is less than two months away.

Pre-orders are up for the regular AAA title price at the moment which could be a bit odd considering The Witcher 3 released four years ago. Then again, this is the Complete Edition that includes both expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.

CD Projekt Red Blood and Wine Touissant castle in Witcher 3 Witcher 3 - Blood and Wine also brought improved visuals to the in-game graphics

It's technically still more expensive than getting the game on PC but this is not the first occurrence of such a price disparity between Switch and other platforms.

The Nintendo store states that the number of players is to be determined but since The Witcher series never featured multiplayer, it's hard to imagine CD Projekt Red went out of their way to make it for the first time on the Switch version.

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