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.
I'd be frustrated but it's a smaller dev team and multiple systems so I figured that Sept. release date was too good to be true. Hopefully Batman: Arkham Knight actually makes it this year. Otherwise it's very dry after inFamous since Sony's first parties can't get their acts together.
@Gamer83 I'm sure there'll be plenty of Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, and Battlefield to keep you occupied.
Hopefully the AC team surprises me again.
Oh, and we can do without anymore Brokenfield. It's too bad that wasn't put on the shelf instead of Need For Speed. At least the latter was enjoyable.
@Gamer83 Haha, I was kinda kidding. I like all of those franchises, but I'm a bit burned out on them myself. The Witcher 3 would have made a nice change. Oh well, it's only a few extra months.
I figured you were but the truth is, I actually did like every AC game except 3 so I wouldn't say I'm burned out. I thought IV with the pirate focus was a nice change of pace. I'm thinking there probably will be another AC this year and as long as they can find a way to shake things up a little again, I'm on board. I'm really hoping Sony has something else besides The Order though (and not Drive Club, I've given up on that crap and don't care anymore if it ever releases).
I honestly never expected it to come out this year (didn't even realise it was supposed to be!)
GameStop had a Sept. release date, given how little info we've received about the game, that didn't seem likely at all. I'll be shocked if it's out before June 2015.
Well, this will give me time to buy a brand new computer and actually finish The Witcher 2 before playing The Witcher 3 and maybe finish reading the books too!
They said was planned for end of year so 3 more months or so is not that bad
Bah, I thought it might be out towards end of the year, I'm guessing a lot of titles are gonna be pushed back to early twenty 2015, its going to be a congested qtr.
No big loss, there are still a good number of first, second and third party games coming to PS4 this year.
@Gamer83 ha brokenfield. I've just spent my game time for the last week submitting to the torture of trophy hunting in that lump of incomplete code. Witcher 3 would have been very nice this year. Can't wait!
Hopefully whatever Dice craps out in the BF franchise this year isn't as pitiful BF 4. To be fair to Dice, I'm not actually sure how much of this is their fault compared to EA but the condition the game was in upon release was an absolute joke.
@Gamer83 I can't wait for Battlefield 5 so I can NOT buy it this time. That's the only game series where I actually feel physically revolted just hearing the name.
@get2sammyb I'll be MGS5ing long past 2015...
@kupo 4 is a big **** sandwich, but 5 might be done by people from planet Earth, so don't throw out your 1942: Desert Combat baby with 4's bath water.
I've never been a huge Battlefield fan but I actually always respected Dice as a developer. Never would've thought that studio would release a game with so many bugs. I'll be interested to see what effect it has on overall sales of 5. I really think people will just forget about what happened with 4, but we'll see.
COD & Battlefield could really push out anything as long as it kept it's core shooting mechanic, & people would buy it. Titanfall is a good example of this, even some of the press that have played it have dubbed it Call Of Duty Fall. Rip away it's jet-packs & robots & it really is another COD well MW that is. Shooters (FPS) wise if this is what's too come it's going to be a long seven years FPS wise. But i'm sure EA will be happy if Titanfall becomes popular because it means multiplayer only game's at £54.99 a pop, with a healthy regular dose of DLC at £14.99 no doubt.
If the game's not finished it's a wise choice to delay the game, the trend of patching a game after release "just because we can" needs too stop.
@banacheck If the game's not finished it's a wise choice to delay the game the trend of patching a game after release just because we can needs too stop Could not agree more @Gamer83 BF 4 kind of makes me glad that DriveClub and Watch Dogs wore delayed EA knew that game wasn't reddy and yet they still put it out anyway just because of greed and to compete with COD don't get me wrong tho delays suck but if it means the game will be better for it then i can wait now of course i know that game delays don't always end up makeing the game better regardless i want a good finished game not some half assd piece of crap like BF 4
Ugh. Once again, the author gives the title of the article a terrible title! As worded, it would indicate that only the PS4 version of this multi-platform game is being delayed. PLEASE acknowledge that a game comes out on multiple systems in your titles and/or posts! It makes you seem like you don't know that much about what's going on, truth be told.....
As for actual reason the game is being delayed: In February 2015, it doesn't have to go head-to-head with the new DragonAge game from Bioware! If I had a similar game, I'd move it's release window, too. That said, I look forward to burning more hours than I should on both of them!
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