E3, the games industry’s largest, most anticipated event of the year, is just around the corner and as usual, pre-show rumors have begun circulating at a dizzying pace. Rocksteady’s reported Superman title, further adventures in Capcom’s Dead Rising series, even the potential appearance of Grand Theft Auto 6 – claims and suspicions are all over the internet, making the task of separating fact from fiction a genuine nightmare.
It’s absolutely likely that many of the above will turn out to be the latter, but one leak currently doing the rounds has a hefty amount of weight behind it. CD Projekt Red’s critically acclaimed RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it seems, is on course to see a release on Nintendo Switch, an announcement that’s looking increasingly likely to occur at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.
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The source of said claims? One has arrived via none other than the voice actor for Geralt of Rivia himself, Doug Cockle. In a recent Tweet, Cockle posted a mock-up image of Wild Hunt running on Nintendo Switch, accompanied with the caption, “Who else wants to see this… ;).” As if the wink didn’t already give it away, Cockle is clearly privy to information regarding the potential port, and the indirect confirmation is bolstered further by an independent source.
— Doug Cockle (@DCockle) June 5, 2019
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“Ahead of the, ahem, *totally unexpected* announce of Witcher 3 on Switch next week, here’s Digital Foundry on how it can work,” writes Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips, which more or less cements the monster-hunting hero’s future appearance on Switch.
Ahead of the, ahem, *totally unexpected* announce of Witcher 3 on Switch next week, here's Digital Foundry on how it can work.
Get ready, Switcher fans…https://t.co/PK8Gg54VSj
— Tom Phillips @ E3 2019 (@tomphillipsEG) June 6, 2019
Despite being four years old, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues to be considered a modern achievement in game design. Easily one of the best current-gen titles both visually and mechanically, it remains to be seen how much of a downgrade will be required to fit its huge world on the Switch’s more modest hardware, though it shouldn’t be long before we’re privy to some official footage. Stay tuned.