European Version of The Witcher 3 Switch Trailer Was Censored

No dead bodies allowed, although it won't affect the game

Nintendo is certainly not the first company that gets associated with mature content. But Switch’s library is getting a lot of 3rd party support and M-rated games, like the recently announced port of The Witcher 3. This wild combination already generates some interesting news.

Check out European trailer below and try to spot one very curious change:

Between 0:16 and 0:20, there is a scene with the famous Hanged Man’s Tree with many dead bodies hanging on it. Except, they are missing, only empty nooses are present. The difference between American and European (and Japanese as well) versions is pretty clear in this comparison:

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NA trailer
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European trailer
 

The logical explanation is that European rating agency PEGI rules require that an advertisement for a product carrying a PEGI rating shall aim to avoid any content that is likely to cause serious or widespread offense to an average consumer. However, it shouldn’t affect the actual game.

The Witcher 3: Complete Edition, which includes the game with all DLCs, will make its way on Nintendo Switch on an unspecified date later this year.