Unfortunately, there has been another delay, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s release date has moved to May 19th, 2015.
When I told you The Witcher 3 would be releasing in February, I wasn’t aware that there would be egg on my face just days later. Although it should have been obvious, given that the original release date had moved before. However, I wear my egg for good reason, as developer CD Projekt RED feels the game needs more time to iron out key details.
In an open letter posted on the game’s official website, the developer stated that they felt they needed 12 more weeks to make sure the game is up to their high standards – a practice that’s rather unfamiliar in the modern industry standard of annual releases. Perhaps they saw the problems surrounding other high-profile games like Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and decided to be on the safe side. Here’s the full text of the announcement:
Ever since we started working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we knew it would be an ambitious game. We wanted, and still aim, to give you an incredible experience, an epic adventure in a vast, completely open fantasy universe.
The sheer size and complexity of The Witcher, key features of the title, have had a decisive impact on production. Now, nearing the end of our work, we see many details that need to be corrected. When we release the most important game in our studio’s history, we must be absolutely sure that we did everything we could to limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly.
With this in mind, we took another look at current workloads and what they mean for the team. Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 12 weeks, so we are shifting the release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to May 19th, 2015.
We owe you an apology. We set the release date too hastily. It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we continue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apologize and ask for your trust.
Thank you for the all support you show us on a daily basis. We truly do appreciate it. It has fueled us in our passion since the start and will continue to do so.
The Board of CD PROJEKT SA
Frankly, we have to admit to being a little relieved – we’re still busy with Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4. But the news will no doubt disappoint those who are eagerly anticipating a return to Geralt’s world.
Aside from The Witcher 3, the developer is also working on Cyberpunk, and recently released The Witcher Adventure Game, after a period in closed beta. In The Witcher Adventure Game, players take on the role of a number of characters in a board game, taking on quests and travelling about the world. It’s available now on PC and iOS devices, and we’ll have a review in due course.