The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s release date has been pushed back once again so CD Projekt Red can address any game-breaking bugs.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is perhaps the most anticipated game from CD Projekt yet, expanding Geralt’s dark fantasy world to a Skyrimesque scope. With the release date pushed back to February, it seemed like the trilogy’s conclusion was finally in sight. Or at least it was, until CD Projekt revealed The Witcher 3 needs more time to correct bugs, and will launch on May 19, 2015.
“The sheer size and complexity of The Witcher, key features of the title, have had a decisive impact on production,” CD Projekt wrote in an open letter. “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.”
“We owe you an apology,” the letter continues. “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.”
While my first instinct is to flip my desk over, in the long run this is probably the best decision. CD Projekt is very similar to Valve in that launch delays usually lead to a stable and more refined product, which should make fans happier overall. This is especially true as other major Triple A games, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, face criticism over glitches and bugs.
The question now is whether the extra 12 weeks will be enough to correct the issues CD Projekt is referring to. Here’s hoping we find out in May 2015 and not May 2016.