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The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015

CD Projekt RED announces February 2015 is when to expect the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the next installment in their RPG series. They had previously hoped to release the game before the end of the year, and their announcement explains the reasons they made the "difficult" decision to delay things:

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. 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.

We recently reexamined 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.

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.

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.

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27. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 12, 2014, 13:32 harlock
 
Creston wrote on Mar 12, 2014, 12:32:
SSAO, however, is a monstrous performance dip still. I typically lose 15-20fps at 1080p.

yeh i always turn off ambient occlusion.. kinda sucks because it makes certain games look amazingly better
 
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26. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 12, 2014, 12:32 Creston
 
harlock wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 23:54:
AA is ok, but i prefer a consistent >60fps at all times, with no dips.. and im willing to sacrifice some image quality for that -especially giving up AA in particular because i like to turn other fx settings like physics and particles and so forth to maximum, and AA seems to take up the most horsepower of anything

The top tier cards and the one generation behind them are so powerful that you can basically do 2xFSAA for free. It only costs me a few frames.

SSAO, however, is a monstrous performance dip still. I typically lose 15-20fps at 1080p.
 
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25. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 23:54 harlock
 
Optional Nickname! wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 20:50:
harlock wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 17:56:
ive still got a 560ti.. i use a 40" lcd thats limited to 1360x768 resolution.. so its still ok most of the time, when i turn off AA (which i always do cuz i dont like it)

but its 1GB vram and its starting to feel like thats not enough.. especially looking at games coming out this year and the next

i was planning on going for a nice 4gb card when the prices came down, maybe one of the higher end 20nm maxwell cards.. or maybe amd r9 if they get cheap enough.. im not sure right now


The Image Quality and FPS differences between a 560ti (448 assumed) and a 770GTX are readily noticeable at almost any resolution, but mostly with FSAA applied, the more the better.

You could wait until the superior 770GTXs meet your price point, but until then experiment with various FSAA levels including transparent texture FSAA, super-sampling and full anisotropic filtering. Even with a 560ti, the image quality improvements of FSAA are universally appreciated, The Witcher included.

What's not to like about FSAA? The focus of the video card gamer market is mostly about FPS stable FSAA!

AA is ok, but i prefer a consistent >60fps at all times, with no dips.. and im willing to sacrifice some image quality for that -especially giving up AA in particular because i like to turn other fx settings like physics and particles and so forth to maximum, and AA seems to take up the most horsepower of anything
 
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24. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 23:36 Caladell
 
...believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities.

I'm all for delays as long as it turns out really good. What this says to me though, is that it doesn't run well enough on 360/PS3, so they're taking the time to port it to Xbone and PS4.

Regardless of the reasons, I'm like others here and haven't finished Witcher 2 yet, so no worries from me.
 
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23. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 20:50 Optional Nickname!
 
harlock wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 17:56:
ive still got a 560ti.. i use a 40" lcd thats limited to 1360x768 resolution.. so its still ok most of the time, when i turn off AA (which i always do cuz i dont like it)

but its 1GB vram and its starting to feel like thats not enough.. especially looking at games coming out this year and the next

i was planning on going for a nice 4gb card when the prices came down, maybe one of the higher end 20nm maxwell cards.. or maybe amd r9 if they get cheap enough.. im not sure right now


The Image Quality and FPS differences between a 560ti (448 assumed) and a 770GTX are readily noticeable at almost any resolution, but mostly with FSAA applied, the more the better.

You could wait until the superior 770GTXs meet your price point, but until then experiment with various FSAA levels including transparent texture FSAA, super-sampling and full anisotropic filtering. Even with a 560ti, the image quality improvements of FSAA are universally appreciated, The Witcher included.

What's not to like about FSAA? The focus of the video card gamer market is mostly about FPS stable FSAA!
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 11, 2014, 19:52 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Sounds like they realized that the base "open world multi region" requires more polish to bring upto snuff. Call it 10mo or so sounds about right for polishing and fine tuning.  
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21. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 19:00 jdreyer
 
So, a but OT: an ESO ad just loaded on this page. While I was so stoked for Skyrim for literally months, ESO does absolutely nothing for me.  
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20. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 18:38 Julio
 
I love RPGs, but isometric/top down only, so the Witcher is not for me. In general though, I'd rather get a game later and done right, than a buggy mess earlier.

No rush for any game, there's always something else to play.
 
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19. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 18:00 theyarecomingforyou
 
I wasn't expecting it to be released this year, so this comes as no surprise.  
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18. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 17:56 harlock
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 17:47:
harlock wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 14:14:
thats bullshit but i kinda expected it

also i was waiting to upgrade my gfx card for this game, so pushing it back that far fucks with my plans..

What's your current card, and what were you going to upgrade to?

ive still got a 560ti.. i use a 40" lcd thats limited to 1360x768 resolution.. so its still ok most of the time, when i turn off AA (which i always do cuz i dont like it)

but its 1GB vram and its starting to feel like thats not enough.. especially looking at games coming out this year and the next

i was planning on going for a nice 4gb card when the prices came down, maybe one of the higher end 20nm maxwell cards.. or maybe amd r9 if they get cheap enough.. im not sure right now
 
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17. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 17:47 jdreyer
 
harlock wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 14:14:
thats bullshit but i kinda expected it

also i was waiting to upgrade my gfx card for this game, so pushing it back that far fucks with my plans..

What's your current card, and what were you going to upgrade to?
 
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16. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 17:46 jdreyer
 
saluk wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 17:37:
2014 is ruined!

Hahahaha. So funny.

RPGs are probably the most complex, resource intensive games to make, but they also provide some of the best bang for the buck, so I'd prefer them to take their time and get it right.
 
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15. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 17:37 saluk
 
2014 is ruined!  
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14. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 17:29 Flatline
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 16:12:
and what's going on with their Cyberpunk 2077 game?

It won't be out until after Witcher 3. They're probably doing preproduction work on it.

Which sucks, because the delay just pushes Cyberpunk out that much farther. I predict a 2017 release for that game. *maybe* 2016.
 
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13. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 16:29 Cutter
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 16:12:
and what's going on with their Cyberpunk 2077 game?

Yeah. What IS going on with it? Hrmmm?
 
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12. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 16:12 Fantaz
 
and what's going on with their Cyberpunk 2077 game?  
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11. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 15:49 ldonyo
 
El Pit wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 13:33:
Take your time, I haven't played much of Witcher 2 yet. So, for selfish reasons I can accept this delay. King
I haven't started it again since the Extended Edition patch, so I have no trouble with waiting, as well.
 
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10. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 15:27 CJ_Parker
 
Well, the real finished version won't be out before the inevitable Enhanced Edition anyway so a few months give or take don't really matter...  
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9. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 15:20 ChandlerL
 
That was an interesting press release-- different. Different in that it they addressed the fans and the shareholders separately and seemingly "from the heart."
 
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8. Re: The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015 Mar 11, 2014, 14:59 DangerDog
 
Little more interested in their Cyberpunk game than this but even though I haven't played any "Witcher" games I want to check this out.

By the time 2015 rolls around they might get trumped by Fallout 4 or something.
 
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