The Witcher 3 for Nintendo Switch leaks online, and everyone's asking one question: ...How?!

We know the Nintendo Switch is a powerful little beast of a machine. It's the only handheld that can run Skyrim (opens in new tab), Doom (opens in new tab), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (opens in new tab), after all, and look pretty good while doing it. But the latest rumours of a Switch port for CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (opens in new tab) still has us scratching our heads. 

Product listings for the critically acclaimed RPG, which first released on PC and consoles in 2015, have appeared across Asian marketplaces over the last few days (as discovered by ResetEra (opens in new tab)) with the Nintendo Switch logo visible for anyone to see, suggesting it could be announced as an E3 2019 game (opens in new tab) in the next few weeks. 

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Normally, we'd be taking these leaks with a heavy pinch of salt, but the fact that several different stores have listed The Witcher 3 as an upcoming Switch game (opens in new tab) on their respective sites suggests this isn't just false gossip. While CD Projekt Red plans to focus on its upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) at E3 this year, it's not unlikely that this could be the small but satisfying surprise announcement of the show. 

Still, just how The Witcher 3 - a notoriously demanding technical showcase of a game - will run on Nintendo's console is unclear, and you'd have to expect serious concessions to the RPG's visuals and performance when running in handheld mode. 

This isn't the first time we've had rumours about an AAA RPG coming to Switch, as Red Dead Redemption 2 (opens in new tab) was listed for the hardware (opens in new tab) just a few months ago, only to be discredited as a faux pas on the part of the retailer. I guess we'll know for sure whether this latest leak is authentic within the next few weeks, when CD Projekt Red shares more about what it's been working on during the E3 2019 schedule (opens in new tab)

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Alex Avard

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