CD Projekt RED has officially announced a delay in the development of its upcoming role-playing title The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that will see the game pushed back to early 2015 from its projected late-2014 launch date.
Despite claims of sexism surrounding the series' treatment of female characters - particularly lead character Geralt's ability to sleep with the majority of women in exchange for pin-up style trophy cards - The Witcher has proven a smash hit for the company. The most recent title in the series, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
, walked away with a respectable 95% in our 2011 review, and hope for its sequel has been high.
Sadly, fans of the franchise are being asked to wait a little longer, with developer CD Projekt RED postponing the launch until February 2015. 'We recently re-examined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date,
' the company has explained in an open letter to fans and press. '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,
' the letter concludes.