Witcher 3 Delay Until 2015

witcher 3 101Today a shock announcement came from developer, CD Projekt. Witcher 3 has been delayed until February 2015. In an open letter, which can be found on the website or Facebook page, the Board of CD PROJEKT SA issued the following statement:

Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGs and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important. We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.

We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. 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 gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.

witcher 3 103Dear gamers – we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.

Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.”

Many are surprised by this statement, as Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seriously looked like it was taking shape. Across the internet you will find some very polished looking screenshots and video gameplay trailers, suggesting that Witcher 3 was very much on track. Only a few short weeks ago Gameplay Designer, Andrzej Kwiatkowski, explained to The Examiner that unlocking the potential hidden within the PS4 and Xbox One has opened up endless possibilities for the Witcher series:

I mean, despite last-gen systems being pretty formidable, we’ve been limited by their computational power with regards to realizing our creative vision for some time now…….This has changed and we can do marvelous stuff, which you can see in the trailers we’ve released so far.”

When Kwiatkowski went on to describe what specifically improved he had this to say:

Bigger levels, more detailed graphics, physics, superior lighting, more NPCs – you name it.”

The mood in the camp just seemed so positive and upbeat. Witcher 3, quite simply, seemed like it was going to kick next gen butt, yet sadly, this was not to be the case. Originally, Witcher 3 was due for PS4, Xbox One and PC, although no real specifics were given by CD Projekt as to what needed to be improved, Twinstick Gaming aim to keep you posted with any further developments.

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