You can now buy the base Witcher 3 game and expansions separately on Switch
No longer a package deal only, and the Complete Edition will soon be removed from the eShop.
Starting today, you can now purchase The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Nintendo Switch either as a Complete Edition containing the base game, both expansions, and all free DLCs or separately.
CD Projekt said it changed things up to allow everyone more flexibility. For the time being, both versions will be available in Nintendo eShop but ultimately the Complete Edition will be withdrawn and replaced with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Hearts of Stone, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine as separate products.
The studio said not to worry though as even with the Complete Edition being removed from eShop, you will be able to get the full set for the same price as before. In the future, the company plans to introduce a bundle containing all products.
In addition, everyone who already owns the Complete Edition will keep it, and, to ensure that no one buys the game for the second time by accident, every owner of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition (digital or physical) will receive a 100% discount on the base game and expansions in Nintendo eShop.
CDP put up an FAQ for users who may be worried about saves or physical editions purchased via a game card.
According to the question and answer portion, cross saves will continue to work, but you will need to have the same content both on the Switch and PC version for your saves to work.
"For example, if you have the Game of the Year edition on PC you'll need to have the base game, expansions, and all free DLCs on Switch to fully use the cross saving feature. Likewise, you won't be able to use saves from the Game of the Year Edition for PC if you only have the base game on Switch," reads the entry.
Players who purchased the Complete Edition game card will be able to play their version of the game just like before and will be able to re-download it even once it is removed from the eShop.
And finally, save files from the Complete Edition will only work on the base game and expansions by first transferring them from Switch to PC and then back to Nintendo Switch.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released for Switch in the fall of 2019.