The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch is releasing no sooner than October 15th. It seems though as Walmart made an “oopsie” again, putting physical copies of the game on the shelves and occasionally selling it too.
According to a user on GoNintendo, Walmart has broken The Witcher 3: Complete Edition street date, releasing it for select locations. As a result, you might find copies available at your store too and if you’re persuasive enough, you might get the cashier to sell it to you early.
We’ve seen retailers leak release dates, editions of certain games and DLC coming through the years. Breaking street dates though is a whole new subject, one that can be a real problem for the industry. Apart from the fact that launching a game earlier doesn’t promote fair play among businesses, it also causes a big issue for the developers.
Common knowledge says that not all physical copies of any game can arrive on stores the day before launch. However, retailers should have the necessary security measures to avoid selling it by accident or even on purpose. Whether it’s seller education as to when popular titles are releasing or a safety measure to the sales system, the actions are standard.
The same issue as with the popular CD Projekt RED title happened with Link’s Awakening Amiibo a few weeks ago. In addition, several retailers released Geras 5 a few days earlier than intended, adding more to the problem.
The Complete Edition of The Witcher 3 for Nintendo’s hybrid console is officially releasing on October 15th. It includes the base game along with its 2 DLC: Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone. It’s worth a shot to get the game sooner if you find it on the shelves as The Witcher 3 is a recommended title for Nintendo Switch Owners.