The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been delayed once again, and has a new release date of May 19, 2015.
In an open letter to fans, CD Projekt Red explained that as development gets closer to finishing, they are finding a lot of things that need to be adjusted or fixed before the game can come out, prompting the 12 week delay.
Ever since we started working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we knew it would be an ambitious game. We wanted, and still aim, to give you an incredible experience, an epic adventure in a vast, completely open fantasy universe.
The sheer size and complexity of The Witcher, key features of the title, have had a decisive impact on production. 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.
With this in mind, we took another look at current workloads and what they mean for the team. Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 12 weeks, so we are shifting the release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to May 19th, 2015.
We owe you an apology. 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.
Thank you for the all support you show us on a daily basis. We truly do appreciate it. It has fueled us in our passion since the start and will continue to do so.
This is the second delay for The Witcher 3, which was originally planned to release in spring 2014. CD Projekt Red delayed the game until February 2015 in March , saying at the time that there would be "no more delays."
However, this comes after a string of high-profile titles that have launched with bugs, network issues, and other problems, including Assassin's Creed Unity, Driveclub, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In going back on their promise and delaying The Witcher 3 again, CD Projekt Red will be trying to avoid the same problems.