With so many games launching broken this Christmas, we can totally stomach a delay – and while The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may have been right at the very top of your New Year wishlist, at least you can be confident that it won’t be shipping with game breaking bugs. CD Projekt RED has pushed back the PlayStation 4 role-playing game until 19th May, after originally locking it in for 24th February.
In news that will no doubt have the team behind The Order: 1886 punching the air, the Polish developer apologised for setting a premature release date, and promised that the setback will help it to deploy “one of the best RPGs that you’ll ever play”. We’re disappointed, of course, but we can respect the decision – after all, no one wants another Assassin’s Creed Unity situation, do they?
Well if I graduate highschool in May I'll by this for myself as a present. If I don't graduate no Witcher 3 for me.
Awesome news when think about it... A company that's not afraid to push the date back and super polish there game! And it means I can now get arkham knight!
@Dohv Good luck!
And here we go, this is the first of many delays. I knew there was no way all these high profile games were going to release in the first quarter. Every year they do this, no one wants to release the game they invested millions in making right after Christmas. But they also don't want people to write the game off. So they push it back quarter after quarter and release it during the next holiday season. I expect Evolve and the order to follow suit shortly. Also Batman.
@Ps4all While I don't disagree with what you're saying at all - titles will move about - this seems like a pretty genuine quality decision, rather than business one. Sounds like they've found a bunch of bugs, and want to make sure they're fixed properly before release. That's fair, I think.
@get2sammyb I always appreciate the added effort in quality assurance, especially with a title so ambitious in scope. The witcher looks amazing and is my #1 most anticipated game so take all the time you need. My issue is, I feel like cd projekt red and all these other studios knew they weren't releasing first quarter a while ago. We never have anything "aaa" in the first quarter. Last year I think the tomb raider ps4 remake was about it. I understand, financially you don't want to put out a bunch of new games when everyone still has a backlog from the Christmas glut. However, they are covering with the good guy approach of bug testing. I don't know why they don't just tell us up front it's delayed a year.
No problem at all, CD Projekt. The more polished the game, the better, I always say.
Better this than an half baked release which took other 2 months to be fully operative with patches after patches...
@arnoldlayne83 agree 100%
1st lol? This is like the 15th of many delays.
Back in spring, I was looking forward to Batman Arkham Knight on October 14th. Then they announced that Batman would be getting delayed until February of the following year. I said ok, whatever, at least I can still buy The Witcher 3 on October 14th. Then they announced The Witcher would ALSO be getting delayed until Feb of the following year.
So ok, both of my most anticipated games of the year were pushed back until February 2015. I was angry, but I accepted it and moved on. Then, they announced that Batman would be delayed AGAIN until June 2015. Ugggh... at least I can still buy The Witcher 3 in Feb I thought... Haha. Hahaha... How could I have been so naïve...
Granted, as @Sinalefa told me earlier, it's better to have a polished game late then a broken game on time. And I couldn't agree more. But it still pisses me off because they lacked the foresight to give us a proper release date in the first place, and have now gotten my hopes up with 3 separate release dates for both Batman and The Witcher, both of which will be releasing close to a year after their original scheduled target release dates. Surely it would be better to wait until they are confident they know when the game can release before they start committing to a date. Because once they give us a date, I'm going to hold them to it. Can't meet your deadlines? Then stop giving us specific release dates until you know for sure.
@sham8nix "and it means I can now get Arkhmam Knight"
No, that one got delayed too. June 2, right around the time Witcher 3 will be coming out.
Dang it, I just preordered it in PSN instead of Bloodborne or The Order. I should stop pre-ordering things...
Sucks but I'd be super pissed if it came out and I got Master Chief Collectioned again.
Delays are sexy imo
@JaxonH - A long tirade about release dates? Where have I seen those before
I think I hear champagne corks popping in the Ready at Dawn offices. They're probably next though, I wasn't feeling Feb 20 this past weekend.
Ya, birds of a feather huh lol...
It just rubs me wrong when a developer commits to a specific date. I don't mind target release dates, release windows, tentative release schedules, or anything of the sort. But, imo, once you set a specific date you better hold to it, or don't set the date at all. And while once in a while a delay can happen after a date has been set, there is NO excuse for doing it twice in a row for the same game. You'd think they would've learned the first time! Ammirite?
I count myself lucky in that regard. A lot of the games lately that have been accused of having issues, have been online-related only. So like Far Cry 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Halo Master Chief Collection... All these games have been perfectly fine for me (and even exceeded expectations). The one game I got sucker punched with was AC Unity. That game had fail written all over every inch, nook and cranny of every blasted mode available.
@JaxonH - "You'd think they would've learned the first time! Ammirite?"
um, no, you think we would have learned by now, just ask Reggie. He knew, he's always known. Way back in 2007 he told us all but we wouldn't listen. He's the Dr. Zaius of the videogame world.
At least Nintendo has a good habit now of only committing to release windows rather than dates. They got a clue, finally. Pisses a lot of people off not knowing release dates until months before the games drop but it's better than getting your hopes knocked back a full 6 months to a year. I wish the rest of the industry would adopt this policy. Although, having a vague target window is nice too, which sometimes Nintendo isn't so willing to give.
It just boils down to this- however long you think it's gonna take to make the game, add one year to that and that's your target release date. In this day and age, it just takes longer than it used to. They're still making predictions based on wishful thinking, and not being realistic.
@JaxonH did you try ac unity with the network turned off?
@ztpayne7 I heard it drastically improved the framerate, but no, I didn't. I just decided to hold off playing it until a decent patch arrives. I didn't know there was an easy option to disable the network like in Far Cry 4. I had heard stories of people having to manually disconnect on a system level, so I didn't bother tinkering with it. If there were an option, say, like how Far Cry 4 allows you to play the campaign online or off-line, I might've given 'er a go. Then again, the issues in that game were more deeply rooted than just framerate.
The delay can only be a good thing, just a shame we have to wait longer!
@JaxonH when I turned off the systems network, I found I had zero glitches, framerate drops, or bugs through about ten hours of play. It might be my favorite ac, too. I'm not too disappointed in no co-op because I don't really have anyone to play with. But I do see where people think ubi should just get it right fully right away.
@topic I was looking forward to this, but I can wait.
I worry the reason for delays are because pubs want the holiday shopping $$$. That's why 3/4 of the year has little to nothing then October to December several new games per week. Gamers are adults now that don't need parents to buy games for them as a present. I wish the games were more evenly distributed, they might improve sales in the other three quarters of the year.
@JaxonH - I honestly believe Nintendo learned their lesson from that 2007 E3 announcement and that is the MAIN reason Nitneod no longer gives dates until they know they are going to meet it.
@JaxonH noooo Damn am sure they do this on purpose to get a to choose! Cheers for the info
No worries. Hopefully its just Polish polish.
That's disappointing news, though hopefully this means no patches or only a few.
Absolutely fine by me, means I won't be rushing to try and complete Inquisition in time for this to come out! Also means I might be able to find time for FF-Type 0 if that releases on time. Although I am concerned that this now leaves the Witcher, Batman, and (if the theories prove true) potentially MGSV all releasing at around the same time. Better start saving now!
After a year full of delays, I'm now used to it.
I know the game is going to be good, can't wait
I don't know but for me something is wrong if they delay release day two times. For me they must spend more of time to create The Witcher 3 not for thinking up on new gadgets associated with this game.
Tap here to load 31 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...