CD Projekt Red wrote an open letter to fans on their forums this morning. In it, the studio announced it was delaying The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from February to May 19th.
The reasoning behind the second delay? “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,” the studio wrote in its letter.
That’s good. I would rather wait a few more months than play a game riddled with bugs at launch.
CD Projekt Red went on to apologize. “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.”
Boy, they better deliver. If they mess this up, the push back is going to be monumental.
Let’s take a look at what the second delay means for The Witcher 3.
Taking care of bugs. Three months isn’t enough dev time for much else. Let’s pray the three additional months of development time is enough to take care of any major bugs or glitches.
Lack of competition. For whatever reason, publishers tend to shy away from the summer months when releasing games. Ubisoft proved that’s a poor business strategy when they released Watch_Dogs last May to huge sales. Gamers still game during the summer. A heavily marketed AAA title released in May, June, July or August will see big sales.
The Witcher 3 is no stranger to delays. CD Projekt has shown a very large, and very promising game throughout its many trailers. I can’t help but wonder if CD Projekt is having some trouble delivering their full vision, specifically on consoles. How many times have we seen games hit Xbox One and PS4 and not live up to their original promise?
Watch_Dogs, DriveClub, Halo: MCC, Assassin’s Creed Unity and more have all had major issues at launch.
CD Projekt Red has three more months to tighten up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We’ll see how they do come May 19th. I’m still optimistic. The game looks fantastic.
Tell me your thoughts on The Witcher 3’s delay. Do you think there is cause for concern, or just a little bit more time needed to create a great game?