By David Fernandes / March 11th, 2014
CD Projekt RED has just announced on their website, in an open letter to everyone, that they have decided to delay the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, now slated for release in February of next year. They apologized to both gamers and their shareholders, claiming it was not an easy decision to make. The game’s ambitious development has made it a task requiring more time to fine tune every bit for quality assurance until they feel confident their game is ready to release.
Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGS and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important. 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.
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.
You can see the rest of the open letter here. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC early next year.
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