God of War director Cory Barlog tweeted out his support of The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch, acknowledging that he "absolutely love[s]" the portability of the game on the platform. The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch is certainly one of the more ambitious ports in recent memory, as CD Projekt Red's sprawling political high fantasy adventure was renowned for both its gorgeous graphics and its impressive game world, two features that can often tax the Switch's hardware.
The port of The Witcher 3 certainly makes some sacrifices to achieve its portability, however. CD Projekt Red's game runs at a reduced framerate on Switch and even suffers from some visual blockiness when being played in docked mode, demonstrating just how hard it can be for the Switch to keep up with its more powerful console counterparts. With that said, however, fans have still been universally praising The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch as one of the most accessible ways of playing what remains an incredible RPG experience, and it's especially convenient for fans who want to replay the title but don't have 100+ hours to dedicate to a playthrough that can only be done in the home. Seeing the feedback should also embolden some other large RPGs to give a Nintendo Switch port a shot, as fans seem more forgiving of visual sacrifices if it means playing their favorite titles on the go.
Even industry members seem more than happy to make some small adjustments in order to enjoy The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch, as God of War's Cory Barlog demonstrated with his tweet late last week. The visionary behind one of the most exciting franchises in modern gaming took some time to share the love for The Witcher 3 on Switch, praising how it runs on the Switch Lite while also flexing his marketing muscles with some attempts at what the game could've been called:
I absolutely LOVE being able to play Witcher III on my Switch Lite.— Cory Barlog 🎮 🎃🦇🕸️ (@corybarlog) October 19, 2019
Having said that, it's such a missed opportunity that they did not call it:
The sWitcher III: It sWild Hunt, eh?
Or just - sWitcher III
Game Industry, I'm available for all your naming and marketing needs.♥️ pic.twitter.com/qtGmTYP7X4
It's probably for the best that Barlog sticks to the elements of game design he's best at, then - between the oft-used Switcher 3 suggestion and a much more cringe-worthy pun, it's a good thing Barlog didn't actually get to name the port. It's always fun when larger-than-life personalities show that they're just fans at the end of the day too, though, and Barlog's acknowledgement of The Witcher 3 on Switch will probably help the port reach an even larger audience. With that said, CD Projekt Red staff couldn't help but point out that they thought of Switcher first:
I mean... we did use #switcher - even have shirts for it.— Miles Tost (@MilezZx) October 19, 2019
Clearly we weren't thinking big enough.
Barlog even attempted to turn the conversation into a beneficial one, suggesting he'd be happy to accept an early copy of Cyberpunk 2077 for his troubles:
Yeah, because your studio is known for thinking so small.😂— Cory Barlog 🎮 🎃🦇🕸️ (@corybarlog) October 19, 2019
Should have known you lot would have gotten there first. Its cool though, you can just send me an early copy of Cyberpunk and we’ll call it even.😳❤️
At the end of the day, seeing one of gaming's most influential and outspoken directors go out of his way to support another studio's project is a reminder that the video game industry doesn't always need to be cut-throat. Especially, it seems, if being friendly means a chance at playing one of 2020's most anticipated games early.
Source: Cory Barlog/Twitter