The Witcher 3: Complete Edition announced for Nintendo Switch, coming 2019

Mashy

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Oct 28, 2017
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I don't think it will be much better than Xenoblade 2 portable, to be honest. Xenoblade 2 ran as badly as it did because of poor optimization, and while I am sure that won't be the case with The Witcher 3, it's also just a far more demanding game than Xenoblade 2 was.
Yea but I’ll hope there will be some magic done here since TW3 portable would be amazing!
 

Buckle

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Oct 27, 2017
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Man, this is either going to have to look like shit or run like shit.

Guess they're picking their poison.
 

Effect

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Oct 25, 2017
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It really does look like that tree scene is the biggest difference looking at the videos. Yes foliage is less, less detail, etc but still pretty damn similar with the biggest stand out being that tree.
 

giallo

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'm really impressed that they did this. I never in a million years would have thought they would even bother with a port. Even though it looks rough, I'm happy to see top tier companies like CDPR supporting the Switch.

Having said that, if you're truly interested in playing W3, I can't imagine this is going to be the way you'll want to play it, portability-factor aside. The game is an open world, visual juggernaut that struggled on the PS4. I weep for areas like the bog and Novigrad.
 

flaxknuckles

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Oct 25, 2017
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Looks playable but god damn I wouldn't want this to be my first experience with the game. Everything looks so swampy.
 

regawdless

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Not even a little bit close:
I'd rather have some uncompressed screenshots than compressed YouTube footage to make any comparisons. I think the Switch version is ugly, which is understandable given the hardware and power budget. But I also think that the vegetation and shadows on the other console versions look bad as well. I was so disappointed in the PS4 Pro version (pre-ordered it) that I played it for half an hour and put it away to buy it on PC bundled with a new GPU. So yeah, you can say I'm rather sensitive to the visual fidelity of games.

That said, I love W3 and am happy to see it on one platform more. It deserves every sale and it's a good thing that more people have the chance to enjoy it.
It looks totally unappealing to me on the Switch, but I'm not the target for this release. Just hope the framerate will be more or less stable for the people playing it.
Curious to see the final DF analysis.
 

Matterhorn

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Feb 6, 2019
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540p is the lowest acceptable resolution, in my opinion, for the Switch screen. Mario + Rabbids was at 600p if I remember correctly, and it looked great. Doom runs around 540p and is perfectly acceptable. Below that it does get too blurry, but Witcher 3 on the go at 540p with all DLC still sounds almost too good to be true.
 

YukiCT

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Oct 30, 2017
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Chances are people playing on switch for these games likely aren't even looking at visual/performance for these types of games in the first place as this looks about as good as Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade 2 from my perspective both which also have frame rate problems in their games.
 

skeezx

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Oct 27, 2017
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looks great all things considered. still very *very* skeptical of this (playing in handheld? ayyy) but go ahead and serve up my crow. marinated in teriyaki if you don't mind
 
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Chances are people playing on switch for these games likely aren't even looking at visual/performance for these types of games in the first place as this looks about as good as Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade 2 from my perspective both which also have frame rate problems in their games.
Hell no. Both of those games look significantly better than TW3 on Switch, especially BotW, considering that they're actually made with Nintendo's hardware in mind. That and most of BotW's framerates issues have long since been solved
 

Overture

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Oct 25, 2017
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I don't know how, even at the lowest of settings, I don't know how.

Anyway, this is one of the greatest games of all time, if this is the only chance you have of playing it, please do so. It's a monumental game and with the DLC's... the content is insane.
 

CGriffiths86

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Oct 28, 2017
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I think its quite impressive that they have this running on Switch. I'm curious at what frame rate though. I'm really not sure why *this* is the game that people are bitching about. Almost every single "high end" game that's been ported to Switch has looked much worse and the one that's arguably the most impressive has the most hate
 

devourbooks

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May 16, 2019
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It's funny, I haven't seen the Witcher 3 in like 3 years and honestly....the screen shots look good to me lol. I'm sure they are worse but it actually looks better than I'd thought it would on Switch since it's been so long!
 

pulsemyne

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Oct 30, 2017
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Something that some people might have missed is that the game does come on a 32 gig card. The witcher twitter account confirms the game to be about 32 gigs.
 

King_Moc

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Oct 25, 2017
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540p is pretty ok actually. I'm happy with that. Now the worry shifts to how it's gonna run Novigrad.
 

Big One

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Oct 25, 2017
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It looks fine? Like it obviously won't be the definitive version of the game and I don't think that's the intent by any means.
 

gogojira

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Oct 27, 2017
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Not for me but I bet this thing sells way better than people think based off its looks. Switch moves units and I bet a bunch of people are going to add this to their collection.
 

HotHamBoy

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Oct 27, 2017
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I love how people are acting like the graphics are unplayable but are happy to play a million other games on Switch with worse graphics.

What are you even talking about? Don't view this port from the standpoint of what was sacrificed but rather what was achieved. These graphics are plenty good for Switch.
 

JDSpades

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Oct 25, 2017
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I love how people are acting like the graphics are unplayable but are happy to play a million other games on Switch with worse graphics.

What are you even talking about. Don't view this port from the standpoint of what was sacrificed but rather what was achieved. These graphics are plenty good for Switch.
The issue for me is that this is obviously a system running a game with enviornments and character models that weren’t originally designed with it in mind. This can easily be seen by the drastically lower res textures, the horrible draw distance, dynamic 540p/720p resolutions, and odd character model stuff like Geralt’s hair looking like clay.

When games are designed for the Switch for the ground up they tend to look dramatically better. Looking at say, BOTW, MK8D, or Luigi’s Mansion 3. Hell, even the new Animal Crossing is more pleasing to look at.
 

HenryEen

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Oct 27, 2017
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I love how people are acting like the graphics are unplayable but are happy to play a million other games on Switch with worse graphics.

What are you even talking about? Don't view this port from the standpoint of what was sacrificed but rather what was achieved. These graphics are plenty good for Switch.
Why do I have a feeling that the ones that complain about the graphic didn’t have a Switch.
 

Hogendaz85

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Dec 6, 2017
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It's like people have forgotten the long history of downports to portables. I think it's great that these kind of games are finding a home on the Switch, if no one else is going to make any handheld machines then what's the problem? If Nintendo go ahead and make Switch games compatible with the next generation of their line, these will look miles better in a few years.
This is what I’m hoping for devs release a patch to take a 540p game and make it 720 or 1080 with improved assets
 

GulAtiCa

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Oct 25, 2017
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Honestly: Looks a little rough, but still looks decent. I might actually buy.. I had it a long while back, but never got around to finishing it. The mini-game Card game was a lot of fun.