When we spoke to CD Projekt RED about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we were told the game would be due out this year. Now, a new statement from the developer says that’s not quite the case, but we’re not too upset about the delay.
The Witcher 3 has been designed to take 11 years of RPG-creating experience, distilling it into one crowning achievement for the developers. The project would “expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole”.
We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.
When the studio sat down and re-examined what had been achieved to date, it was faced with a frustrating decision: Rush the game and get it finished by the end of 2014, or take a little while longer to create something truly special.
The answer, says a spokesperson, was “ultimately clear and obvious”.
Dear gamers – we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.
Get out your calendars, folks: The new date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is February 2015, just a few months after it was initially promised. Having seen what the studio has already achieved, we’re confident the delay will give the developers the opportunity to make something even more beautiful and special. We’re happy to wait.