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The Witcher 3 on Switch may be censored for European release

Published: 00:50, 21 June 2019
CD Projekt Red
Picture of Geralt approaching the Hanged Man's Tree
The Witcher 3

Combine Nintendo, Europe and a game that is not entirely child-friendly and you get inevitable censorship. It happened again, this time with the port of CD Projekt Red's smash hit The Witcher 3 as some hanging corpses are missing.

The Witcher 3's Switch version will be at least somewhat censored in Europe but a smart man's money is on the game being heavily censored. We have had the first taste with the Switcher trailer coming from Nintendo UK which wildly differs from the regular Nintendo channel's version of the same trailer.

We have embedded both versions in the article. The UK version is above and the regular one is below. You can see the difference kicking off at 13 seconds into the video when shots of the iconic Hanged Man's Tree start rolling.

In the UK version, the actual hanging bodies are missing. While some would consider it a minor inconvenience for the sake of meeting EU and Nintendo standards, the hardcore fans will definitely be disappointed that an iconic location was profaned.

It actually sounds really weird saying that after a disturbing sight of hanging bodies was removed but it definitely took away from the artistic vision.

Considering an iconic landmark was changed already, it brings up questions about how many other changes we will see in the Switch version for EU. While hanging bodies are disturbing, The Witcher 3 is full of details that are not child-friendly.

For example, Geralt often dismembers, decapitates and cuts in half humanoid enemies he comes across with blood and body parts flying all over the screen in slow motion. Nudity is something CD Projekt Red never shied away from but all of it will most likely be thrown out Nintendo's window.

Then again, this could be a case of censoring for marketing purposes only. PEGI's explicitly states that advertisements should avoid content "that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence". Neither Nintendo nor CD Projekt Red stated that the actual game would be censored yet.

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