The Witcher 3 Switch Devs Reveal How They're Adapting to Less Powerful Hardware

The Witcher 3 Switch Devs Reveal How They're Adapting to Less Powerful Hardware

The bigger changes are apparently in the controls and UI.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, an absolutely massive game, is somehow fitting onto a Nintendo Switch card later this year. Despite nitpicks over graphical fidelity, it's an incredible feat, and one CD Projekt Red is saying they're proud of.

In an interview with Video Games Chronicle, UI coordinator Alvin Liu discussed the challenges in bringing the Wild Hunt to a smaller console with less horsepower. It's not quite as visually impressive, but the work Saber Interactive is doing is still impressing CDPR.

"We're really happy with how Witcher 3 is playing on Switch," Liu told VGC. "It's still at a quality that we're proud of, but we also understand that there were hardware trade-offs that we had to do, in terms of performance versus graphics."

Specifically, Liu highlights the natural foliage and draw distance as an area where the Switch version will tone down to keep things smooth. But Liu also tells VGC that the control scheme and user interface were the biggest changes in bringing Wild Hunt to the small screen.

"The biggest changes that we made involve the user interface and how you interact is a bit different on the Switch compared to other versions," Liu told VGC.

The Witcher 3 was one of the more surprising Switch ports revealed at E3 2019. While it had been heavily rumored in the run-up to the show, plenty wondered how it could possibly fit on Nintendo's less powerful platform. So far CD Projekt has managed to answer all of those questions and more, even squeezing the entirety of the game into a tiny 32gb cartridge

Even if it ends up being compromised in some way by the Switch's hardware limitations, Witcher 3 is still an amazing game. It's so good, in fact, that we put it at number three in our Top 25 RPGs of All Time. Switch owners who have yet to experience CDPR's masterpiece are really in for a treat.

We'll see how things come together when it hits the Switch, both digitally and on a physical card, later this year. If you'd like to see what CD Projekt Red has been up to in the meantime, be sure to check out Caty's chat with Cyberpunk 2077's quest director from E3 2019.

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