CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt for the Nintendo Switch has been rated by The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
The Witcher 3 was announced for the Switch during Nintendo’s E3 press conference back in June of this year. We do know that the Switch port is releasing later this year, but an exact release date hasn’t been revealed yet. A recent listing from a Czech retailer suggests that the title could be releasing this September, but this listing could merely be a placeholder.
While we still don’t have an actual release date, the recent ESRB rating suggests that a release isn’t too far off at this point. We’ve included the contents of the ESRB rating down below:
Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol
Rating Summary: This is an open-world role-playing game in which players assume the role of Geralt, a monster hunter in search of a missing woman. Players explore a war-ravaged world while completing quests and killing enemy soldiers and fantastical creatures (e.g., wraiths, harpies, rock beasts). Characters engage in melee-style combat using swords and other bladed weapons, as well as magical attacks (e.g., blasts of fire, stun spells); combat is highlighted by screams of pain and impact sounds. Large blood-splatter effects occur when enemies are slashed, with some attacks resulting in decapitation or dismemberment. Some cutscenes depict slow-motion decapitations and other gore: an autopsy of a torture victim, rooms with several corpses (e.g., hanging from the ceiling, covered in blood on a bed, naked in a tub). During the course of the game, the central character can engage in sexual activity with prostitutes and female companions. These brief sequences depict females' breasts and buttocks—sexual moaning sounds can be heard, though the camera cuts away from explicit sexual acts. The game includes a side quest in which Geralt engages in a drinking game; characters are depicted drunk and/or passed out. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” can be heard in the dialogue.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the Switch is said to run at 720p resolution in TV mode and 520p in portable mode. The targeted framerate is 30FPS, according to CD Projekt Red.