In a moment that nearly bled the world’s supply of frowny face emoticons dry, CD Projekt recently announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won’t be vaulting, cavorting, or Geralt-ing about until February 2015. The hunt, at this particular moment, is off. But you know what? I think I’m gonna be OK. I think… yeah, I’m gonna be alright. I’ve endured worse, like that time I was born into a cold, unfeeling world of chaotic fury that could snuff me out in a heartbeat and also the third Batman movie not being very good. I am strong. I am immovable, indefatigable. I’ll carry on unless… unless, well, The Witcher 3 gets delayed again. Pretty sure that’s my breaking point. CD Projekt, however, swears it won’t happen.
CDP head Marcin Iwinski explained it to Eurogamer on no uncertain terms:
“This is not our first game; we are not newbies. It’s not like ‘hey we are delaying and we’ll keep on delaying’. If we would think we need more time we would say ‘hey we’ll release it not in Feb but, I don’t know, June’. We made the decision at the moment we were able to judge how much time we needed, and we planned it well and it works well for us. So, no more delays.”
The delay, then, will allow CDP to get everything just right after they’ve more or less finished making the game proper. To look down after climbing the mountain and see everything with renewed perspective. “Is the beginning of the game self explanatory or not? What is the difficulty level, how does it spread through the game?” Iwinski said, offering examples.
So that’s that, then. The Witcher 3 will be out in February 2015, no ifs, ands, or buts. But maybe some butts, because you know… The Witcher.