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Witcher 3 Delayed Until May 19

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In an open letter to its fans, CD Projekt Red announced yesterday that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would be delayed until May 19, 2015. The developers cited “the sheer size and complexity” of the game as well as “key features” they want to make sure ware working before release as the reasons for the delay. This isn’t the first time the game has been delayed on us. In fact, it’s only been 7 months since CD Projekt Red developer and cofounder Marcin Iwinski promised us “no more delays,” but yet here we are.

Of course, considering the sorry state of many game releases for the current gen, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. In fact, in an interview with Eurogamer Poland, a member of the Board of CD Projekt Red, Adam Kiciński even said, “[The] market is afraid of badly polished games on next-gen platforms.” Later on he said, “We don’t want to release the game with bugs that undermine the gameplay.” The fact that a company is willing to repeatedly delay their game isn’t always a bad one. In fact, it sounds like CD Projekt Red is delaying the game for all the right reasons, and hopefully the game won’t end up disappointing us like so many have this year.

As Brian Crecente notes, and many gamers feel, broken games are the new norm, and that’s something that we need to fix. Far too often it feels like what we’re playing is a beta we just paid full price for. The need for day 1 patches, and then patches after that even is almost too much. Hopefully CD Projekt Red’s delay will actually mean we get to see the completed game we are expecting on day 1. The Witcher and The Witcher 2 also had their day 1 issues, so maybe this will be their chance to break a trend. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing until May, it seems. Still, fingers crossed.

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About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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