In December, CD Projekt delayed The Witcher 3 again, explaining “We didn’t assume it would be this big. Only after putting all the pieces together it turned out bigger than the first two put together.” According to senior designer Damien Monnier, “this big” could actually turn out to be 200+ hours including sidequests.
In response to a tweet asking how long the game is, Monnier replied:
@Ryldux mmmm hard to say, if you do everything I d say 200+ hours.
— Damien Monnier (@Bacon_is_life) March 29, 2015
It’s worth noting that this is just a single opinion, admittedly of the senior designer on the Witcher 3 project, but not an official line. So it’s perfectly possible that 200+ hours might be a little optimistic, or maybe even undershooting the full duration of the game.
All 200+ hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to launch on Xbox One, PS4, PC on May 19th, 2015.
Opinion: After a string of Witcher 3 delays in the recent past, it’s good to see the time has been put to good use really fleshing out the experience to a significant degree. Considering The Witcher is a series with such a large fanbase – including a number of people at Continue Play – it will be good to see the finished product out circulating in the wild with such a large amount of content for players to get through. Given the longevity games like Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas have had in gaming’s collective consciousness, an open-world Witcher game looks like a great opportunity for both long-term players and CD Projekt.