The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delayed to 2015

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Geralt of Rivia is making us wait a little longer… but we’re OK with that!

One of the most anticipated games of this year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, has been delayed from late 2014 until February 2015. In an open letter posted on the developer’s blog today, they state that although they could have released the game this year, they wanted to ensure they were satisfied with the quality gamers expect from them.

The open letter, in its entirety, is below.

“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.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of our most anticipated titles due for release on Xbox One this year, and we’re sad to have to wait a little longer for it. But, if waiting a few extra months means the game will be the very best version it can be, then we’re right behind the developers with their decision!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available in February 2015 for Playstaion 4, Xbox One, and PC.

What do you make of the news? Can you wait an extra few months for the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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