Witcher fans, I’m afraid I have some bad news to report. In an open letter to both shareholders and gamers, developer CD Projekt RED revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to miss it’s “Fall 2014” release window. The good news is that the wait will only be a few additional months, as the game now has a targeted date of February 2015.
Why the delay? CD Projekt Red just need a bit more time to achieve what they’re looking to do and hit that high mark of quality that they’re known for. Here’s part of the press release they put out on their site:
“We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.”
When you really think about it, the delay makes a bit of sense considering you have another major RPG powerhouse in Dragon Age: Inquisition releasing later this year as well. No reason why both games need to cannibalize each other, right? Now lets hope that BioWare doesn’t throw a monkey wrench in the works and delay Dragon Age as well.
With such high expectations placed up The Witcher 3 and being a title that was first announced as a next gen title before the next gen systems were even revealed, it’s not surprising that the developer wants to make sure the game lives up to and even exceeds the hype. Creating a living open world that’s larger than anything we’ve yet seen cannot be an easy thing to nail down. There’s really nothing worse then when a game doesn’t live up to expectations so hopefully the extra time does the team good.