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The Witcher 3 Delayed to 2015

CD Projekt Red announced today that their hotly anticipated RPG The Witcher 3 has been delayed to February 2015. The game was originally scheduled to release later in 2014.

The open letter from the company regarding this delay is after the break.

Release Date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – An Open Letter 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.

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.

Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game's success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.

The Board of CD PROJEKT S.A.



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im_stardust Mar 11 2014, 11:54 am EDT
Take that Witcher fans!

It makes me happy to see people disappointed. It makes me feel like I'm not alone.
Marku5K Mar 11 2014, 12:09 pm EDT
What, what? Noooo
CJ_Parker Mar 11 2014, 12:19 pm EDT
This delay will only help make the game better so I'm all for it.
im_stardust Mar 11 2014, 12:46 pm EDT
That's not what the delay might be for: "to make the game better"
Terminator Mar 11 2014, 03:49 pm EDT
At least they aren't rushing this game out the door before it's ready. I can wait until next year.
Reikhardt Mar 11 2014, 05:00 pm EDT
Stardust, you're just bitter because Rockstar still haven't formally announced GTA V for PC yet and you know that when it comes out it'll be a spunktrumpet of a port.
im_stardust Mar 11 2014, 06:40 pm EDT
You are wrong on everything.

I completely forgot about GTA V. It might not launch to PC and if it does (which will be somewhere at the end of the year) they will make a decent port this time.
  Cheddar: Why do you think it would be a decent port? Nothing …
im_stardust: They have large fan base on PC. I don't think they th…
Cheddar: But they HAVE neglected it, man. They've been doing …
im_stardust: The Red Dead franchise never was intended for PC and …
Cheddar: I really don't think Rockstar intrinsically identifie…
im_stardust: I don't know what's the actual thinking, behind choos…
RenegadeCZ Mar 12 2014, 01:37 am EDT
And the second most anticipated game of 2014 award goes to!... A game that's gonna release in 2015!
  Cheddar: lol!
touretul Mar 12 2014, 04:57 am EDT
so what?
Soulblighter. Mar 12 2014, 12:17 pm EDT
More polish makes for a better game; I don't see the issue with a minor delay.

Alternatively: They certainly see the issue, or they would not have moved the release date... can anyone imagine that it's not warranted?
  Rafal: The game is Polish enough imo.
Marku5K: HAH!
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