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The Witcher 3 delayed into 2015

Ambitious open-world RPG requires "a few more months" of refinement

Developer CD Projekt RED has announced a delay to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, its much anticipated open-world RPG.

Originally planned for release by the end of 2014, the next-gen RPG is now pinned to arrive in February 2015.

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It its announcement, the developer said it has ambitious goals for the project which require "a few more months" to be fully realized.

"We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game's final release date," it said in the release.

"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.

Directly addressing gamers, the developer added, "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.

The Witcher 3, which is in development using the studio's new RedEngine 3, is expected to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

It is widely considered to be among the most visually impressive next-generation games reveal so far, and promises to deliver an open-ended adventure driven by player choice, set in a massive open world said to be 30 times larger than its predecessor.

Check out the most recent The Witcher 3 gameplay trailer here, showing star Geralt of Rivia exploring on foot and on horseback, and engaging in fights with both men and beast with a fluid mix of swords and sorcery.

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