CD Projekt Red have officially announced that the next installment in their multi-award winning RPG series, The Witcher will not be launching this year, as previously announced, and will be delayed till February 2015.
In an open letter, CD Projekt Red stated;
“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.””
We can respect the decision taken by the team not to release an unpolished game, rather that going ahead and relying on post-release patches and tweaks.
The studio previously announced that this shall be the final title in the trilogy, bringing to an end the story of Geralt of Rivia. Following user feedback, the title will not have any Quick time events, only intuitive RPG gameplay mechanics with an improved fighting system. The biggest and most interesting added feature in this title will be the open world, which the developer stated, will be larger than any other world in modern RPG history. To get an idea of the sheer size, studio head Adam Badowski said that the world in Wild Hunt, will be thirty times larger than the one featured in in the previous installment. The Witcher 3 is set to hit the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.