It’s fitting that Cyberpunk 2077 is one of 2020’s biggest games as far as hype goes, because it’s shaping up to be one of 2020’s biggest games in a literal sense too. From the sprawling setting of Night City to the depths of its quest and character customization systems, it’s clear that CD Projekt RED’s futuristic RPG promises to provide the developer’s deepest and most-content-packed open-world experience to date. So naturally, some people are wondering if the game could ever fit on the Nintendo Switch.

At the moment, Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t set to come to the handheld/console hybrid at launch or any time after, nor has there been any real discussion about it happening on CD Projekt RED’s part. But there was a brief change of pace this weekend, as one of the game’s developers did offer up their thoughts on the possibility.

John Mamais is the head of CD Projekt RED’s satellite office in Krakow, Poland, and he was talking to GameSpot about all sorts of things regarding the game, including the story, the post-launch multiplayer features, the presence of Keanu Reeves’ charismatic AI Johnny Silverhand, and so on. Amid all of the questions he was being asked, the question of a Switch port of Cyberpunk 2077 came up. Mamais didn’t go into much length with his answer, simply saying, “I guess we'll see, if we decide to put it on the Switch, if we can do it. Probably not.”

While that last line certainly isn’t encouraging, Mamais did point out that the Switch port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming this week somehow managed to squeeze all of that massive game and its sizable DLC into one 32 GB cartridge. “Who would have thought a game like The Witcher 3 would be possible on Switch,” he said, “so who knows?”

That being said, a Switch port is probably still very much of a longshot. To reiterate, Cyberpunk 2077 is a big game. Last we checked, the game boasted a file size of around 80 GB. That’s nearly three times the amount of data the Switch is capable of carrying without a microSD card. Sure, there are a handful of studios with expertise downsizing larger-scale games to fit on the Switch (like with The Witcher 3), but given Cyberpunk’s sheer amount of content, as well as the intricacies of the systems tying it all together, it might not be practical to even bother.

If it’s going to show up on any platform besides the ones it’s already been confirmed for, it’ll likely be on the PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Project Scarlett. Not only will these next-gen consoles not have to worry about the technical compromises and file size limits that the Switch does, Mamais expressed a greater interest in developing for them. “It's going to be awesome,” he said. “It's always cool to have new consoles coming out and I can't wait to work on those things. We'll see what we can do with those.”

Cyberpunk 2077 will be out on April 16, 2020 for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.

Source: GameSpot