Getting the epic RPG we deserve takes time.
To anyone that knows me, it’s safe to say the The Witcher games would have to be my favourite series as a whole. After thoroughly enjoying both Witcher 1 & 2, I was excited to dive back into the boots of Geralt of Rivia once The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was announced.
I saw the game behind closed doors at E3 2013, and from the lengthy demo I was witnessed to, the game looked to be highly polished and complete even at that stage. While no release date was specifically given, we were told that The Witcher 3 would be released TBA in 2014.
However, like many highly-anticipated games, The Witcher 3’s release date has been delayed. In an open letter to their fans, CD Projekt Red explained the delay was due to the team wanting to give their most ambitious RPG to date the polish both it, and us fans deserve.
CD Projekt Red’s letter, as published on their blog is as follows:
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.
Dear 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.
While it is little comfort knowing fans like myself won’t be able to experience the final chapter of The White Wolf’s journey in 2014, we can take solace in the fact that the extra time spent will be used to create a richer, more immersive world than one we’ve currently seen.
Adding to that, we’ve now got a concrete release of sorts: Feburary 2015. A couple more months isn’t too long to wait for the highly-anticipated, “most ambitious RPG ever made.”