Docked mode is a bit better at 720p.
The Witcher 3 Switch

When The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition was announced for the Nintendo Switch this week, it was met with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Fans were a bit worried about what sacrifices had to be made to the game's visuals to get a game as resource hungry as The Witcher 3. Even consoles like the PlayStation 4 struggled to maintain an acceptable framerate in the game at its launch.

Admittedly, CD Projekt RED made some significant improvements to get nearly every platform running The Witcher 3 at an acceptable framerate. However, the Nintendo Switch isn't really on the same level when it comes to pixel crunching power. As such, sacrifices must be made and sacrifice they did.

CD Projekt RED confirms that The Witcher 3 on the Switch will run at just 720p in docked mode and a meager 540p when used in handheld mode. The game is targeting a 30fps cap in both modes. Truthfully, 540p on that smaller screen should still look great. 720p in docked is perhaps not all that great when viewed on 1080p televisions or even 4K capable televisions.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition on the Switch will be the complete package. It includes the base game, both major story expansions, plus all 16 free DLCs that were released. CD Projekt RED says that in total, fans should expect over 150 hours of gameplay in this release. For those that never played the game before, this is a tremendous offering.

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Winner of over 800 awards, including 250 Game of the Year awards, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an RPG set in a fantastic open world full of adventure, danger, and mystery. As professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, gamers must set out to find the Child of Prophecy— a powerful entity that may send the world spiraling toward destruction. Along the way, the witcher will find himself facing not only mighty foes, but also difficult choices, the consequences of which will ripple throughout the game’s epic narrative.

Set to launch this year both digitally and in retail, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition for Nintendo Switch comes with the base game, as well as every piece of additional content ever released. This includes both story expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, as well as all 16 free DLCs. In total, the Complete Edition offers over 150 hours of gameplay, for the first time playable truly on the go. The game is being ported to Nintendo Switch by Saber Interactive in close cooperation with CD PROJEKT RED.

In addition to the game card housing the entirety of the Complete Edition’s content, the box will also come with a set of physical goodies: The Witcher Universe compendium, game map, and stickers.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the first game from the franchise to be released on a Nintendo console, introducing the series to brand new audience, as well as giving anyone who already played Geralt of Rivia’s final adventure a chance to experience it again on the go. The release of the game on Nintendo Switch is also bound to further cement Wild Hunt’s status as the best-selling title of the franchise, which currently makes for more than half of the series’ 40 million copies sold.