The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is about to get a substantial update on Nintendo Switch soon, bringing in some fixes, changes and maybe even reworking some content. The game already includes all of the DLC, but the overall experience could be better, just like anything in gaming. Developer Saber Interactive has revealed that they are working on a patch that will go out for the Switch version of CD Projekt’s amazing game.
As noted by WCCFTech, people have dug through the port and uncovered a ton of backend changes to the massive RPG. From the dynamic resolution depending on the scene, to scaling of images being rendered, there’s a lot being done as the game is being played to make it all work relatively smoothly. It’s a somewhat even 30 FPS across most areas and scenes, with only occasional dips to below 30, usually in the most complex areas. Also, dips in FPS are more noticeable in docked mode.
The point to note in all of this is the resolution switching another changes that the developers made to get the game going on Nintendo’s portable device. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt runs at 540p in handheld mode and 720p on a TV when in dock. Despite that low resolution, it’s still quite the technical marvel for such a port. The game is still the full version of the original RPG epic, and it’s great to be able to take the adventures of Geralt on the go.
The older and frankly underpowered NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip has a bit of juice left in the tank though, as it turns out there are additional things that can be done. The latest message from Saber seems to hint that they’re about to do just that.
What this new patch could contain is a very big mystery though. There’s likely to be fixes for bugs and exploits contained within the code for one thing. It’s possible that the development team could also run the APU at higher clock rate to improve performance, if this hasn’t already been unlocked. And of course the big tradeoff is battery life lost.