The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch Gets An ESRB Rating Listing, Hinting at Upcoming Release

With an ESRB listing now in view, it might be a hint that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Nintendo Switch is getting closer to a release date.

As one of the most acclaimed games of this generation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was already a massive success on consoles and PC when it first released in 2015. However, with the Switch version on the horizon, a whole new audience will get to experience this massive RPG on the go or at home, and we hopefully won’t have too much longer to play it, if the ESRB is anything to go by.

Over on the official ESRB website, a ratings listing has appeared for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition on Nintendo Switch, which was officially announced earlier by CD Projekt Red during the Nintendo Direct at E3 2019. As expected, the game is rated M for Mature and carries with it all the descriptors that the previous versions of the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC had – you can find the full listing below:

 Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol
 This is an open-world role-playing game in which players assume the role of Geralt, a monster hunter in search of a missing woman. Players explore a war-ravaged world while completing quests and killing enemy soldiers and fantastical creatures (e.g., wraiths, harpies, rock beasts). Characters engage in melee-style combat using swords and other bladed weapons, as well as magical attacks (e.g., blasts of fire, stun spells); combat is highlighted by screams of pain and impact sounds. Large blood-splatter effects occur when enemies are slashed, with some attacks resulting in decapitation or dismemberment. Some cutscenes depict slow-motion decapitations and other gore: an autopsy of a torture victim, rooms with several corpses (e.g., hanging from the ceiling, covered in blood on a bed, naked in a tub). During the course of the game, the central character can engage in sexual activity with prostitutes and female companions. These brief sequences depict females’ breasts and buttocks—sexual moaning sounds can be heard, though the camera cuts away from explicit sexual acts. The game includes a side quest in which Geralt engages in a drinking game; characters are depicted drunk and/or passed out. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” can be heard in the dialogue.

The rating and listing aren’t surprises themselves by any means: every game released in North America has an ESRB listing. But from the original announcement for the Switch version, which just stated that it would be out sometime this year, the ESRB listing is a decent sign that we might be getting closer to a release date (or an announcement of one).

Previous rumors suggested that the game would arrive for Nintendo Switch in September, according to a retailer listing. The ESRB listing could give some credence to that as it’s the month before, but given that the Switch is already set to receive some big releases in September like Daemon X Machina and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, it might be better suited to releasing in a less-crowded month. Hopefully we’ll know soon either way, though.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with the Nintendo Switch version of the game set to arrive sometime later this year.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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