It’s less “Witcher” and more “Whencher” with this delay to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
CD Projekt Red have issued an open letter (which you can read in full at the bottom of this post) in which they state that the much-anticipated RPG requires more bug-fixing and fine-tuning to make it so that players can “enjoy the game thoroughly.” As such, it’s been delayed 12 weeks, pushing it back to 19 May 2015.
This maybe isn’t too much of a surprise. Based on the small slivers I’ve seen, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seems to be a huge and incredibly ambitious title, so a bit of a delay for further polish is hardly the most surprising news of the year. I mean, this is an attempt to marry a massive open-world RPG with an actual plot and half-decent characters, which… well, it might work. I’m hopeful!
While they’re apologising for the delay, I’d like to apologise for the pun in the opening line of this news post. Really. I don’t know what came over me.
Anyway: you can view the full letter below. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now due out on 19 May 2015. Oh, and it’ll have a second playable character, although CD Projekt Red sort of f
Ever since we started working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we knew it would be an ambitious game. We wanted, and still aim, to give you an incredible experience, an epic adventure in a vast, completely open fantasy universe.
The sheer size and complexity of The Witcher, key features of the title, have had a decisive impact on production. Now, nearing the end of our work, we see many details that need to be corrected. When we release the most important game in our studio’s history, we must be absolutely sure that we did everything we could to limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly.
With this in mind, we took another look at current workloads and what they mean for the team. Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 12 weeks, so we are shifting the release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to May 19th, 2015.
We owe you an apology. We set the release date too hastily. It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we continue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apologize and ask for your trust.
Thank you for the all support you show us on a daily basis. We truly do appreciate it. It has fueled us in our passion since the start and will continue to do so.
The Board of CD PROJEKT SA
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.