“I guess we’ll see,” says CD Projekt Red.
CD Projekt Red has confirmed its upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will “probably not” be coming to Nintendo Switch.
In a wide-ranging interview with Gamespot, CD Projekt Red’s John Mamais said that while the team hadn’t even considered a game like the Witcher 3 “would be possible on Switch”, it was unlikely it’s upcoming RPG would also port over to Nintendo Switch.
“Who would have thought a game like The Witcher 3 would be possible on Switch, so who knows?” Mamais said. “I guess we’ll see, if we decide to put it on the Switch, if we can do it. Probably not.”
Mamais also opened up on his views about microtransactions and whether or not the studio’s generous DLC program for The Witcher 3 might be replicated for Cyberpunk 2077.
“I think it’s a bad idea to do microtransactions after you release a game,” he said. “It seems like it’s very profitable, though. It’s probably a hard decision for the guy that runs the business to decide if we should do it or not. But if everyone hates it, why would we do something like that and lose the goodwill of our customers?
“[The Witcher 3’s free DLC with big paid expansions] was a good model for us; it worked pretty well for The Witcher 3,” he added, talking about other forms of downloadable content. “I don’t see why we wouldn’t try to replicate that model with Cyberpunk 2077. We’re not talking about that yet, but it seems like that would be the smart way to go.”
“What excites us about this port is just how challenging it is for the Switch hardware on just about every level: its CPU and memory bandwidth requirements push the current-gen consoles – and unlike the Doom and Wolfenstein conversions, Saber Interactive couldn’t drop frame-rate from 60fps to 30fps,” Digital Foundry said, comparing The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch to PlayStation 4 back in June.
“Instead, it has to target the exact same performance level as PS4 and Xbox One. Meanwhile, the RED Engine doesn’t exactly take it easy on the GPU either; we have some idea of the cuts here, but just how much harder will Saber have to push to get areas like Novigrad and Crookback Bog operational on Switch? Add all of that to the task of reducing the game’s storage footprint almost by half and you have what must surely be one of the most ambitious game conversions of this console generation. Suffice to say that we’ll be following this one with plenty of interest.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is slated to release on Nintendo Switch on 15th October, 2019, while Cyberpunk 2077 is out on 16th April 2020 for Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.