The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Reasons for 2015 Delay and Development Update Shared by CD Projekt

Today CD Projekt RED held its financial report, and during the presentation they shared the reasons for the delay to next year of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, together with an update on the development situation, clarifying what has already been done and what still needs time.

What has already been done:

  • Dialogue lines are closed & implemented.
  • They are currently recording voice overs for each language version of the game.
  • The world of the game is completed – locations are finished, all important gameplay mechanics are already implemented.
  • Graphic assets and animations are nearing completion.
  • The game can already be played in full.
  • REDengine 3 supports all 3 platforms.
  • The physical elements of the collector’s edition are in production.

What needs to be done:

  • 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.

The reasoning behind the delay to 2015:

  • Less competition.
  • Improved effectiveness of marketing campaign targeted at aware gamers and not random gift-buyers.
  • Better polished game: the last 20% of time stands for 80% of the game’s attractiveness.
  • More new-gen consoles on the market = more potential customers.

The prominent RPG developer also mentioned further plans for this year:

  • Witcher comics – digital and paper.
  • Continuous intensive marketing action for The Witcher 3.
  • Witcher 3 preorders.
  • Release of The Witcher Adventure Game (board game) – Q3 2014.
  • Two mobile titles: The Witcher Adventure Game and a new multiplatform project.
  • Together with an external development studio they are working on a multiplatform mobile game, which uses advanced features of tablets and smartphones
  • They are entering a completely new territory, both in terms of gameplay and business model
  • Work on the project began over a year ago, independently from TW3 and Cyberpunk 2077.
  • The game will be announced together with beta sign-ups.
  • Commercial release this year.

The slides of the presentation in Polish have been translated by NeoGAF user boskee. I’m sure I’m not the only one that shuddered while reading “mobile titles,” but this is the nature of the beast. Hopefully they won’t subtract resources to the main dishes.

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  • Jtotherod

    they could delay this till 2016 and i’d still be just as excited

    • DarthDiggler

      Witcher 3: Forever. 🙂

  • PhilJowns

    DX12 implementation

    • DarthDiggler

      That is a high possibility given the 2015 date now.l

      • Guest

        And you know Ubisoft got one of the 15 early access dev kits mentioned at GDC.

  • oOqUiS

    “More new-gen consoles on the market = more potential customers.” I think this is the real reason…. at least their honest about it.

    • ExTrooperBrenTurner

      Well, CD Projekt RED is a company like another : their goal is to make profit. But, like you said, at least they’re (and not “their” 😉 ) honest about that point.

      • oOqUiS

        Hahaha thanks bud.

      • DarthDiggler

        @oOqUiS:disqus & @ExTrooperBrenTurner:disqus

        That was just 1 item in a bullet list of reasons. Honestly I doubt that is the major driver as the studio would want to recoup it’s development costs as soon as possible.

        On the other hand it is important to launch your games on platforms that can support them financially.

        I think it is naive to suggest that this is purely a business play because someone will be taking a loss here due to the fact that this game will garner no 2014 revenues for the publisher. Furthermore as long as the studio and developers are getting paid they will be working on polishing the game. Perhaps they will also use this extension to give some staff some much needed rest.

        Gamers need to expand their economic education and stop it with the knee-jerk ‘greed’ accusation.

  • Killaxx214

    Just sell me the unfinished copy , it seems like everybody else is doing it so far.

    • DarthDiggler

      LOL 🙂 Clever. 🙂

    • sparta59

      Well played.

    • Joshua Rizk

      lol true true. I think it’s one of the reasons why CD Projekt is still one of the most respected developers in the industry

  • Anime10121

    So basically, they delayed it because there would be more consoles and thus more potential buyers on the market before it dropped in price…

    Well that ladies and gents, is the main reason you wont see your Final Fantasies, MGSV:TPP’s, Uncharted’s, and etc’s until next year 😛

    Seems to make sense…

    • DarthDiggler


      Final Fantasy, MGS V Phantom Pain, Uncharted – all never had solid release dates as far as I can remember.

      • Anime10121

        Never said they did, but its still the main reason you wont see any of them until next year 😛

        And just so you know, you dont have to put @anime10121 when you’re using a direct reply…

  • Sǯdi Sǻymeh

    so that leaves dragon age 3 and ESO , idk about ESO but ill try the beta and DA3 seems great but i really want to see new gameplay videos soon

  • Bumblerox

    This is unfortunate, but I’d rather have a completed version than a rushed copy with an option to purchase the rest through DLC.

  • DemonFenton

    Take your time, don’t rush it. Smart move I think they just did.

  • Suzaku Kururugi

    More time to get money for a PC to play the first two.

  • xultra

    Better polished game….
    They’re Polish ,they have to polish the game 🙂
    czy môwisz po polsku 😉

  • Craig Sloan

    More new-gen consoles on the market = more potential customers.
    This I believe is a real reason for the delay and I can understand why they would want to do that. However less competition is nonsense it’s The Witcher 3 everyone had it in their top 10 games of 2014 and many had it number one. There realistically wasn’t going to be anything competing with it in it’s genre ( or even outside of it really ) I don’t see Dragon Age taking chunks out of Witcher sales. I don’t see Destiny people thinking this or Witcher. I just hope it’s a great game in 2015.

  • sparta59

    beta? wait what?

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Glad to see CD Projekt RED is one of the few hardcore devs and gamers still around. Saddens me what this industry has come to.