CD Projekt Red has revealed a concrete release date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but unfortunately the game will be delayed until February 2015.

screenshot 10 The Witcher 3 delayed until February 2015

There are few next-gen games that encapsulate the awe and splendor associated with The Witcher 3; we saw a live demo of the game’s early alpha build at last year’s E3 Expo and it blew us away. With an incredible realistic open world full of myth and fantasy coupled with intense action sequences and dynamically branching quest-lines, CD Projekt Red is building the foundations for a truly award-winning next-gen experience.

While the studio originally set the game for a release in 2014, they were faced with a dilemma that’s becoming a trend with high profile next-gen titles: delay or release it in a technically “unfinished” state.

Rather than choose the latter, CD Projekt Red has opted to delay The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt until February 2015. This is disappointing to gamers who were expecting to take on Geralt’s last endeavor this year, but the upside is that it gives the team a nice window for improvements and general development of the amazingly vast game.

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The studio’s official board members had the following to say about the decision to delay the game, basically saying that they weren’t satisfied with the title’s overall quality and the projected release date wouldn’t give them enough time to present The Witcher 3 as they had envisioned:

“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.”

screenshot 8 The Witcher 3 delayed until 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.”

While The Witcher 3 won’t be releasing for a while, there are a few games to keep players occupied throughout the year–titles like Destiny and even The Elder Scrolls Online will offer quite a bit of play time to keep us busy until next year.

For more info on Geralt’s last adventure, be sure to head on over to the game’s official website for trailers, screenshots and further story details.