There were a great many announcements included with the live stream of Gamescom 2019’s opening night. Most of them lead to a lot of hype and excitement, but one that may have been just the slightest bit overlooked was the announcement of the release date for the Nintendo Switch port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the critically acclaimed RPG from CD Projekt Red. The port for this extremely popular game will be available on October 15th.
You can find gameplay of the port on various sites around the web, and you’ll probably notice quite readily that some visual compromises had to be made. It’s no different than Skyrim was for the Switch; you simply aren’t going to be able to play a game like this on a handheld device with the same graphics you would on a console. Not enough processing power to go around.
But if you are OK with slightly reduced graphics, there are a lot of pros to consider. After all, you can’t play your Xbox or PlayStation on a long road trip or on a plane, so being able to take one of this generation’s best games on a mobile platform is quite the boon. On top of that, this port is the full game; it includes the entirety of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and its two expansion packs, Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone.
That said, you can probably expect a game this demanding to put quite a draw on the Switch’s battery life when playing mobile, so you may want to invest in those new and improved Switch’s coming out with the superior battery life. But that’s a problem the Switch has with numerous demanding games, so it isn’t like The Witcher 3 will be a loner on that front.
There isn’t really much else to say about the situation: come October 15th, this immensely popular game will be available on yet another platform, for all to enjoy. Though admittedly, there’s something a little strange about a game with loads of sex, violence, and language being available on a platform that generally sports games like Pokémon and Mario. Parents beware that, unlike the old school days of the GameBoy, not every game available on this Nintendo platform is kid friendly. Who knows: maybe Nintendo is starting to branch out in a direction that goes beyond mostly E for Everyone.