No, CD Projekt. Bad CD Projekt. Very bad CD Projekt! No. No! Not on the - ah, damn it! Honey, I need some newspapers.
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, if you recall, was supposed to come out sometime this year. That's not going to happen, though. CD Projekt has delayed the game to 2015 because I hate everything.
"We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date," CD Projekt RED said in an open letter. "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 is the first project to utilize CD Projekt's REDengine3. It's said have more open-world exploration than previous games; the developers likened it to a less generic version of Skyrim. The game's said to have over 100 hours of gameplay so maybe a delay isn't all that surprising. There's a lot to test and polish.
On the bright side, you now have 100 more hours of free time in 2014. You should write a novel or take up soap carving or whatever.
"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."
Witcher 3 was one of the first next-gen titles announced, and possibly the first next-gen-only title revealed. The scale and visuals really got me excited for new hardware and its possibilities. It's certainly on the shortlist of games on my mind when I sprang for a next-gen console. There's now one less reason for gamers to buy an Xbox One or PS4 this year. It's an especially crappy situation for RPG fans because their next-gen options are pretty slim at the moment.
Anyway, let's hope that Witcher 3 turns out to be worth the long wait. Some screenshots and a trailer are below if you feel like torturing yourself.