The Witcher 3 Is Rumored to Have a Switch Port Coming Soon
Recent listings for a Switch version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition on an Asian marketplace have kickstarted rumors of a Switch port coming soon.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, new rumors of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming to the Nintendo Switch have emerged. Listings for a Switch version of CD Projekt Red’s critically acclaimed RPG have appeared on notable online Asian marketplace Taobao. Multiple sellers have listings for the game of the year edition–each accompanied with images of its box art with a Nintendo Switch logo in the upper left corner.
Allegedly, this port can be expected in September. There are a couple of things to consider when weighing the likelihood of this news. For starters, The Witcher 3 is a graphically intense game that gives consoles a run for their money.
Both the PS4 and Xbox One had a tough time keeping up in 2015 and regularly stuttered below 30fps outside of cutscenes–even more so in certain parts of the map. Patches continuously made and fixed performance issues with stability and optimization improvements all the way up to patch 1.61 released three years after the game’s launch. The Switch is by no means a weak console, but the power of its hardware doesn’t quite stack up against the competition. If we’re to see The Witcher 3 on Switch, it may be in a far less impressive state.
A second consideration is that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of Geralt heading to the portable platform. Last December, ResetEra user Richiek shared news of a French wholesaler with listings for a Switch version of The Witcher 3. That listing turned out to be fake. This most recent news of a Switch port also comes from ResetEra.
While it’s not impossible that this rumor is true, the safest course of action would be to wait for an announcement at E3–one that would undoubtedly come if the September release date has any merit to it. If this rumor does turn out to be a dud, it likely won’t be the last we hear of The Witcher’s path leading to the Switch.