Yesterday, CD Projekt issued an announcement to its fans and shareholders to explain that The Witcher 3 would be delayed into 2015, missing its expected 2014 release window.
After a short preamble detailing their commitment to excellence, the Poland-based developer addresses the delay:
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.
CD Projekt also had this to say to their fans:
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.
While this is certainly a disappointment for gamers eager to get their hands on the highly anticipated RPG, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Often, delays are good for giving developers extra time to polish titles and assure their quality; not every delayed game turns into Duke Nukem Forever. And good on CD Projekt for owning up to the situation and apologizing instead of waiting for gamers to find out themselves, which is never pretty.