Lock your favourite mahogany rifle in the nearest gun cabinet, as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt isn’t coming out to play until at least February 2015. Despite originally being due out this year on the PlayStation 4, Polish developer CD Projekt RED has revealed that protagonist Geralt of Rivia will be sharpening his skills indoors for the remainder of 2014, while the studio polishes up its sprawling next-gen sequel.

“The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious,” the firm explained as part of an open letter published on its website. “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 that gamers expect from us.”

The company went on to apologise for the delay, but stressed that it’ll be worth the wait. “We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed that you would,” continued the correspondence. “But we believe that [this] will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.”

Considering the sheer scale of the project, we’re comfortable with the Warsaw-based outfit taking its time. For those that haven’t been following the title closely, the company’s promising an open world around 20 per cent larger than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with a dynamic day and night system to boot. It’s undoubtedly one of the prettiest projects in production for Sony’s new system, too.

The question is: can you wait another year or so to play it? Share your overwhelming distress in the comments section below.

[via cdprojekt.com]