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CD Projekt Red Explains Why The Witcher 3 Was Delayed

We know The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been delayed until 2015. But do you know why?

When developer CD Projekt Red announced the delay (from late 2014 to February 2015), they simply said it was for "quality purposes." But now, as cited by DualShockers, we've got the specifics.

The developer was good enough to tell us what has already been done, and what still needs to be done. For instance, they've closed and implemented the dialogue lines, they're currently recording voice-overs for each language version of the game, all the locations are finished and the gameplay mechanics are in place, and yes, the game can be played in full. However, there are still a bunch of things that need finishing:

  • Implementation of the remaining side quests.
  • Importing voice overs and testing their quality/changing them.
  • Gameplay testing and balancing.
  • Continuous work on improving the quality of graphic assets, animations, effects and sounds – this will last until just before going gold.
  • REDEngine3 optimization.

As for the reasoning behind that delay: Less competition, improved effectiveness of the marketing campaign, and a more polished product overall. Now, this is what I like to see; a team that isn't shy about sharing.

Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Tags: the witcher 3 wild hunt, the witcher 3 release date, the witcher 3 delay

3/18/2014 10:58:43 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Beamboom
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:20:14 AM
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There exist no reason not to like CD Projekt Red.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:31:22 AM

+1
They are the definition of class in the video game industry.

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xenris
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:40:30 AM
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CD Projekt Red is my favourite developer of all time. Stuff like this statement and how they treat their fans and customers is what makes them just so dang cool.

If only Square could take a page from these guys.....

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 12:11:07 PM

Oh come on, we all know it's Valve.

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xenris
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:11:19 AM

Okay valve is pretty awesome, they do some great stuff. But I think they are second to CD Projekt if only by a little :P

Valve does know how to do F2P and really give a lot to the community to play with though.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 12:11:54 PM
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I'm going to buy this game on PS4 and be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 12:18:53 PM

Me too...wait, you're not going PC on this one?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 12:21:11 PM

I mainly use PC only for FPS and RTS. Come on now, you should know this by now.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 1:07:53 PM

I can never track that kinda stuff, I know nobodies birthdays and I get in trouble all the time for not knowing people's work schedules.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 1:46:19 PM

I'd like to think you could remember the type of games I prefer for each type of platform. Besides I'm the most important person ever born.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 2:04:56 PM

Holy crap, I accidentally ordered the FFX HD special edition for $100. How the devil did that happen? Now it hasn't even shipped yet and I can't change it.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 4:19:45 PM

WTF?! I've had mine preordered for months at the $40 price point. How on earth did you manage to F this up?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 4:27:23 PM

False alarm! It just looked like they were charging me that because I pre-ordered something else on the same day. But I'm disappointed that I put my order in back in September and they haven't shipped.

F you mr prime member!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 5:30:18 PM

So...when are you getting it?! It arrived 30 minutes ago and I've just reached the first save point. Damn you roasted chicken in the oven!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 5:47:59 PM

No way to know at this point :\

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Draguss
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 8:39:44 PM

That's odd. I'm not a prime member and mine technically already arrived (I'll actually be getting it tomorrow since it still has to arrive in CR, but it got to the US location earlier today).

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 12:18:38 PM
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So, how facking hard was that? An update on the status with some basic content instead of PR Bullsh*t.

Sony, listen and learn.

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coverton341
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 5:54:45 PM

Hell, everyone should listen and learn. Ubi, Square, Sony, everyone who has ever delayed a game and said something other than: "We delayed it. We have (a, b, c, and d) finished. We have to finish (this, that, and the other). Have a good day."

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Crabba
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 8:25:40 PM

The Last Guardian honest update 10 years into production: "We have now finished the intro movie and credits, and just started working on the story, I'm SURE we will release the game some time this year!! we'll keep you updated"

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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 2:16:31 AM
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yeah i can see why its gunna take so long aye well good on em' make it great look forward to seeing it when it's finished keep us posted aye

happy gaming =)

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___________
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 4:20:15 AM
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thank you guys for demonstrating publishers just are not needed in this industry!
they fund and PR everything themselves, and quite frankly they do it better than those PR morons could ever dream of!
now THIS is how you give reasons for a delay, short and precise, gives people the exact reason why and alleviates any of the worries that normally come with delayed games.

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