Just yesterday, CDPR announced that it has held off the upgrade of the new generation of The Witcher 3 because it requires development internally. Since the studio has yet to announce a new release window, this appears as an indefinite — but not infinite, or infinite — delay.
In a call with investors today, CD Projekt’s senior vice president of business development, Michal Novakowski, declined to use the word indefinite to describe the delay, which he argues raises an undeserved degree of uncertainty about the project’s fate.
“I’ve been looking at the headlines popping up here and there online, and I saw one that really caught my eye, the ‘Witcher 3 next-gen indefinitely late’, which seems like the game is in some kind of development hell,” Novakowski said. “I want to say that this is not the truth.”
It’s worth noting that in its response to these reports, CDPR doesn’t go so far as to hint at a new release window, but does indicate that we won’t need to wait until next summer for PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrades.
“There were a lot of hints we were going to launch, like June next year or something,” Novakowski said. “This is not entirely the case.”
Nowakowski also added more insight into the reason for the delay, stating that the studio needed more time to assess the situation after taking over development itself.
“We’re evaluating our time, and that requires a little investigation – that’s all we’re saying. No one is saying the match was delayed. [with] We have a huge time gap ahead. That’s as much as I can say about the next generation of the Witcher, but I really want to emphasize that fact.”
The Witcher 3 new generation update will be a free download for people who have a copy of the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. As mentioned earlier, it’s unclear when it will launch, but it’s certainly not in the second quarter of 2022 as previously planned, and it looks like it won’t be as far away as the summer of 2023. How is that for the release window?
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