Cyberpunk 2077 is inarguably one of the year’s biggest upcoming gaming releases. Part of that stems from developer CD Projekt Red’s heritage – the developers of (among other things) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have rightfully earned a reputation for being some of the best in the business.
Then there’s the premise of the game – players will be set loose in Night City as V, a customisable character with seemingly limitless freedom with which to approach the game’s open-ended missions – all while accompanied by John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves. It all sounds like Deus Ex, but turned up to eleven.
With all of that hype coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC players – as well as, presumably, the PS5 and Xbox Series X – it stands to reason that Nintendo Switch owners might be holding out hope for a portable version.
Is Cyberpunk 2077 coming to Nintendo Switch?
Answer: The short answer is, perhaps understandably, “probably not”. That’s what John Mamais from CD Projekt Red told Gamespot back in October 2019.
That may dishearten fans, but the longer answer is more interesting – "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."
So, not a definitive no – although The Witcher 3 launched in 2015 before coming to Switch in 2019. That means the game was a little older, and the Switch came after the initial launch.
You might argue that with Cyberpunk 2077 supposedly struggling to perform on standard PS4 and Xbox One consoles, that a Nintendo Switch release is pie in the sky thinking.
However, if Nintendo were to hypothetically release a Nintendo Switch Pro in the future, upgraded hardware could perhaps allow for some sort of port.
And If you’re wondering if the Switch version of The Witch 3 – arguably one of the generation’s best games – is worth picking up, we have good news.
In our review, we said “long-time Witcher fans will have a blast reliving their adventures on the go, while those who have yet to step into the hunting boots, luscious locks and scruffed beard of Geralt of Rivia, have the perfect opportunity to get stuck in.” You can read the full piecehere, where we awarded it four stars.
The Switch version also includes the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions, each big enough to be games in themselves. But has CD Projekt Red planned something similar for Cyberpunk 2077?
When The Witcher 3 launched in 2015, it received plenty of free downloadable content, as well as the two big expansions – and in the same interview with Gamespot it sounds like CD Projekt Red is considering more of the same for their next RPG.
“[It] was a good model for us; it worked pretty well for The Witcher 3, 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.”
If you’re looking for a game to showcase your Switch’s graphical prowess, all is not lost. Between The Witcher 3, Doom, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Nintendo’s little hybrid/handheld packs a mightier punch than you’d think.
It might just be a little too out of reach to expect Cyberpunk 2077 to hack its way onto the console, just yet.
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