The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch Version Cuts Down on Foliage and Draw Distance for Performance

The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch version will cut down on foliage and draw distance as revealed by Saber Interactive recently. For those who don’t know, The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch port is being developed by Saber Interactive in cooperation with CD Projekt Red.

During a recent interview with VGC, CD Projekt Red UI Coordinator Alvin Liu revealed some adjustments made to The Witcher 3: Complete Edition on Nintendo Switch including user interface changes.

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.

As for hardware trade-offs, there is less foliage and draw distance has been lowered in The Witcher 3 Switch Edition. Despite all these changes, the game looks amazing according to Alvin Liu.

Right now there’s a bit less foliage and some of draw the distances are lower… but it still looks amazing. I was very impressed. Unless you pointed a lot of changes out to me I probably wouldn’t have noticed them

Afterward, Liu confirmed that Saber Interactive and CD Projekt Red did not have to remove any content from the upcoming game. It means that the players will get access to full Witcher 3 and all of its expansions ever released. This is great news considering the weak hardware of Nintendo Switch as compared to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.

In the end, Liu said that he’s really proud and happy with how the game is running on Nintendo Switch. Moreover, Liu says that those players who haven’t played The Witcher 3 ever before will definitely enjoy the game on Switch.

As for the game resolution, The Witcher official account on Twitter has confirmed that the game will run at 540p in handheld mode and at 720p with dynamic resolution enabled in dock mode.

Dynamic resolution means that 720p will drop when needed depending on the game scenes in order to keep the game running at a stable frame rate. Obviously, The Witcher 3: Complete Edition will not look good as it did on other platforms. Interested people can check out The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch vs PS4 graphics comparison in the video below.

Apart from graphics, The Witcher account also confirmed that the upcoming game will arrive on a 32GB cartridge. This 32GB cartridge will consist of the base game, two-story expansions and 16 DLCs. In short, Switch owners will not have to download anything. Also, The Witcher 3 Switch edition doesn’t support cross-saves so don’t expect to start from where you left off in the game on PS4 or Xbox One.

The Witcher 3 Switch release date is set for sometime in 2019 and the game will be also available digitally via Nintendo Game Store.