Don’t toss your Switch to your Witcher!
The Witcher 3 Complete Edition on Switch got it’s 3.6 update yesterday. CD Projekt Red had been saying the update would be ‘worth the wait’, and boy was it for me!
I own The Witcher 3 on PC, PS4 and Switch. And yet I haven’t played more than a couple of hours. Not becuase I don’t want to – quite the opposite in fact. I really want to be able to sit and dedicate hours to playing it.
So recently I bought The Witcher on Switch because I can take it with me. Yes, I take graphical hits etc., but the fact I can fire it up and do a side quest on my lunch break or two is worth it.
Yesterday the 3.6 patch was released to the world, and one unannounced but asked for feature has been added. Cross Saving!
It is limited to PC and Switch at the moment, which is disappointing for those that play on consoles. Hopefully this is still being worked on if this is you!
For me, I can now play The Witcher 3 at home on my PC with all the bells and whistles active. When I head out, I can now download my save from GoG.com (Steam is also available) and continue in handheld mode. Best of both worlds!
Wait – download your saves?
Yes. The system isn’t perfect, but it is a lot better than not being able to at all. You have to download your save from GoG.com or Steam, and manually upload them again when you are ready to switch back.
This means for me worst case hotspotting my Switch to my phone for the download if wifi isn’t available. As saves are only a couple of megabytes, it’s not too bad. Annoying, but as I said a small hoop to go through.
So what else is in the patch?
You know those ‘graphical compromises’ people keep talking about? Now you can tweak your graphics! I probably won’t mess with this too much, but you can now tweak your settings.
I haven’t tested the patch yet to see if it changes between handheld and docked mode, but I would be surprised if it doesn’t tweak itself accordingly. After all, if you are playing docked you don’t have to worry as much about heat and battery life!
There are also other optimisations to help with frame rate issues and the like, as well as more language options. Probably my favourite feature is adding touch control support for Gwent, the in-game card game.
But now I have a new problem!
And it’s a doozy.
Now that I can import my Witcher 2 save into The Witcher 3, which one do I choose? It will be fun to play and see the outcomes of my previous choices. But what to choose?
Oh, curse you first world problems!