“Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGS and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years,” opens the CD Projekt S.A press release.
“At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important. We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again,” it continues. It’s clear by now that CD Projekt S.A had something big to say, and – as we were reading the release – we were nervous.
“We recently re-examined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. 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.” And there it was – the bombshell was well and truly dropped. Although it’s only a few months, pushing the date back to February 2015 means one less AAA next-gen game this year, and one less 2014 RPG for players to get their teeth into (don’t worry, you’ll still have Dragon Age: Inquisition launching sometime later this year, though).
Now all that’s out of the way, the release continues with a message aimed straight at CD Projekt RED’s audience – the gamer.
“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.”
This is a considered and pleasant message to the consumer – something that a lot of press releases like this don’t indulge in. No matter what people say about CD Projekt RED, you can’t say they don’t look after/consider their fans.
The final part of the release was aimed at the shareholders:
“Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.”
We have to say – we don’t mind delays like these too much: it’s a chaotic industry we work in, and it’s understandable that, at times, developers are going to have to push their games back. We appricaite the transparency and tact with which it’s done.
But what about you? Would you prefer the game to release sooner, despite its imperfections? Let us know in the comments below.