While CD Projekt RED originally planned to release The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at the end of this year, the developer has reevaluated the game’s release and is now aiming for a February 2015 launch date. According to a report by Game Informer on Tuesday, CD Projekt announced that the delay would give the project the extra development time to polish the next-gen title in an effort to create a memorable, quality title.
Addressing fans in a statement released on March 11, the developer apologized for the delay but states that this is ultimately a move that will lead to a better product in the end.
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.
The decision to delay The Witcher 3 came about after CD Projekt recently took an in-depth look at the game’s development and decided that more time would be needed in order to create the ambitious open-world title that they originally set out to make.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will deliver the end of Geralt’s story on Xbox One, PS4, and PC in February of next year. Thanks to next-gen hardware, the game won’t have any load screens despite featuring a vast world to explore.