The Witcher 3: "No more delays," dev promises

CD Projekt Red says, "This is not our first game; we are not newbies."

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has already been delayed once, but don't expect the upcoming role-playing game to miss its new February 2015 date as well. Developer CD Projekt Red says the game's delay from fall 2014 to early 2015 is the only setback the game will see.

"This is not our first game; we are not newbies," CD Projekt Red cofounder Marcin Iwinski told Eurogamer. "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 February 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."

Iwinski went on to say that he was surprised--in a good way--about the fan reaction to CD Projekt Red's decision to delay The Witcher 3.

"We were really positively surprised with the response," he said. "It was 'hey guys, great that you have the balls to say that you take your time and you spend money on it'. Because it's not happening for free. That's a really important thing to mention."

Delaying The Witcher 3 involved justifying the cost of the extra months of development to the CD Projekt Red shareholders. Iwinski said this created "an additional load of pressure." But it's all in the name of quality, something Iwanski said CD Projekt Red takes seriously, and he's open to admitting issues from the past.

Iwinski acknowledged that The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings might have been better served with a longer development cycle. "We could have done a better job for The Witcher 2 when we released it," he said.

"You can always take more time on a game, especially with huge games," he added. "You're never able to plan perfectly, and then the closer you get to shipping, the more you see 'oh I could use these [extra] two-three months...'"

Finally, Iwinski stressed that delaying The Witcher 3 to February 2015 had nothing to do with another major role-playing game--BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition--which is currently scheduled to launch this fall.

"No, not at all," Iwinski said. "Having said that, if they were shipping on October 8 and they would announce it before us, then we would look, I don't know, for November or something. Because there are so few RPGs that it's really a very stupid idea to ship them at the same time."

Earlier this week, CD Projekt Red unveiled new logos for The Witcher 3 and for the studio itself. The Witcher 3 launches February 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The PS4 version may run better than the Xbox One version, according to CD Projekt Red.

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Discussion

140 comments
rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

Seriously people that frown about CDPR's decision to delay the game have to get their act together! They are delaying this game FOR US; so that we get the BEST RPG experience ever!Chill your beans and wait! LOL

wearelegion5000
wearelegion5000

Will The Witcher slay my beast? 3930k@4.4GHz + gtx780Ti+16gigs ram

Watchdogs already did :(

GunEye
GunEye

Delay it as much as you need, better of a game delayed by a game not polish - no pan intended dear Polish developers!

Also, I wanted to upgrade my GPU to Nvidia's next gen cards - the Maxwell, but it seems they will only be released in 2015 Feb or March: So I rather get the 800GTX card before The Witcher 3.

slappy54
slappy54

These guys. I love these guys...

RevLux
RevLux

I can't wait to experience this game. It has been at the top of my "list" since it was first announced. Given the developer's track record it is also one game that I feel will not only live up to all the hype surrounding it, but surpass it.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I think it is safe to say that EVERYONE loves CD Projekt Red.Good people, good ideals in terms of designing the game and expectations from the industry.

ringringabel
ringringabel

every time i see news about this game it just reminds me that it's so far away...i wanna play it already but i guess it's for the better :[

ZoroGilla
ZoroGilla

Nothing but respect for CD projekt, they can spend as much time on their amaing games as they want...you know it will be good with them.

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

CD projekt are great guys, great devs. and they make great games, great games with marring bugs and nasty glitches (they have always fixed them, but it took time) W3 is gunna be massive we all know this, they probably got allot to iron out, and features they wanna add so this huge world is fun and not dull. besides we will have more good games to tide us over.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Comments like this make me love this developer. They don't have to update people eager to play their next masterpiece but they make it a point to do so. And they aren't pandering...I can feel the honesty and confidence behind that quote. Additionally, Iwinski understands the fundamental importance of delivering a quality experience worthy of people's hard earned money. This game looks so impressive already and I don't mind waiting...there's always other games to be played. I will say that although I might get hate for this I think Witcher 1 and 2 could have used some more polishing time - and I think that's what they were finally afforded to do with this game. This is like amazing for fans of the series that they are being extremely careful and patient with this game!!! Really, we should all be more excited they delayed it. Take your time and make the better game CD.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Take all the time you need guys. I respect you guys in the industry.

byzantine_chant
byzantine_chant

I guess I'll be getting my PS4 next February then. How about a Witcher 3 bundle? Oh, I would like that very much.

Snepstok
Snepstok

Even the shareholders would have to recognize that especially this studio owes it's substantial fan base and sales though delivering high end quality. Of course a couple of months extra means extra high costs, but please the fans again and you could milk this cow forever!

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

These are just kick ass all around. Period. 

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

That's it, delay your game until it's ready instead of shipping an unfinished broken mess and try to fix it in the months after release. Yes, I'm looking at you DICE (Battlefield 4) and Creative Assembly (Rome 2: Total War).

theKSMM
theKSMM

If he wasn't willing to commit to the game running at 1080p at 60 fps, then what's the point?  That's all console gamers care about now according to GameSpot.

Terrencec06
Terrencec06

I'm just mad I didn't play the first two.

handofkain
handofkain

I am totally rooting for this game. I hope it gets GoTY award, although it's way too early :)

yeah_28
yeah_28

Yep i still feel the Witcher 2 cut every time i play it, i know maybe not even  a short delay could've added the lost chapter, but still.

Its the last Geralt game, release it in late 2015 if you have to.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

They should release the game in March or April . First two months are not very good , when it comes to video game sales .

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

No rush, CDPR. Take your sweet time! E3 gameplay though, please :).

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

Investors don't understand the damaging effects that getting quicker returns on investments have if a product is released and it feels like it was rushed or in an alpha stage of development. That's a permanent scar and egg on the dev's face.


Delays happen, CDPR was up front about it, and because of the quality of their previous work, I have no issue cutting them slack. This project is a huge undertaking, and I'd rather have them put their best foot forward (that perfectly co-incides with me getting a new PC) than to release early to appease investors and end up with a subpar product.


Stay the course, Red.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim

Just waiting for a good sale so I can get a second 770gtx to play this game as god intended.

KaptajnKnap
KaptajnKnap

Does: "He who smelt it, delt it" apply here?
Saying "We're not newbies" makes you look a little bit like.... a newbie.
By the way: I can't wait for Witcher 3, Witcher 2 was one of the best RPG's I've ever played.
There. Now I wont get so much hatemail.

Musharasur
Musharasur

I hope they show Cyberpunk 2077 at E3.

GunEye
GunEye

EDIT: I just found out that perhaps the Nvidia 800GTX series (Maxwell architecture) might be coming out this year? anyone knows the release date of those beasts? ( was suppose to be released this March...)

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@DeadorRock The past two Witcher games that they have released weren't broken so you don't have to worry about that.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Terrencec06  It's never too late!  TW1 at least can be played on almost any modern PC, and TW2 is on Xbox360 if you don't have a high end PC.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@Terrencec06 You have almost a year left..get to it NOW! They are very cheap on Steam/GoG.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@yeah_28 Valley of the flowers could've been and excellent chapter but they didn't had enough money to complete it .

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@Cloud_imperium Actually it's very good release date because Jan-April is usually a gaming drought and only meh  games release then (usually movies as well) and => max profits.

Cryoteck
Cryoteck

@Cloud_imperium  Or it takes advantage of the Feb drought with a fantastic game with no competition.

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

I'd rather have it in October but that's too much wait. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@Musharasur We will be lucky if we get some Witcher 3 gameplay. Cyberpunk it's still in it's infant stages of development. We may see a release in 2016 or probably later than that. 

They have said that only a handful of their developers are currently working on it as they pulled the majority of their staff to polish and finish Witcher 3.

RevLux
RevLux

@Darkhol0w @DeadorRock They were great when they launched and they even got progressively better for no additional cost. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@nl_skipper @Terrencec06Actually you can play it on PC with medium settings with some tweaks and it looks better than the console versions and get your saves imported. The game is quite well optimized.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Cloud_imperium @yeah_28  I felt like the game was plenty long enough (especially considering the split path you can take in Act 1), but there's no doubt Act 3 felt too rushed and incomplete compared to the other parts of the game.  TW2 is easily one of my favourite games of all time though, flaws and all...  my biggest gripe with the game is the lack of monster variation compared to TW1, and they look to be addressing that in 3.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Cryoteck  Yea seriously though, every Broketober is the same, and you get like a dozen AAA games in the span of six weeks...  there's no need to throw something epic like TW3 into that mayhem, it looks like the kind of game you'd wan't to put all your attention into for a while!

RevLux
RevLux

@JimmeyBurrows @Darkhol0w There were obviously bugs in both The Witcher 1 and 2. In large rpg games there will almost always be some bugs and glitches at launch. They were able to fix most of them in a very reasonable time though. Then they gave us lots of additional content that most other developers would have charged for.

CyrenII
CyrenII

@JimmeyBurrows @Darkhol0wThe difference now of course is that with services like GOG, CD Projekt RED have been able to become a bit more financially autonomous, therefore allowing themselves to endure the costs of having to delay and in turn, refine their games. This wasn't the case when the first and second Witcher games were released