Earlier this morning CD Projekt, the developer behind the title sent out an open letter announcing the delay. The dev stated that it was very possibly for them to meet the Fall 2014 release but the additional month will make drastic improvements to the title setting it apart from all other RPG's.
The title is being developed for Next-Gen consoles as well as PC, it was stated earlier this year that the game will not be released on Current-Gen consoles this may be due to the fact that the title is said to be near maxing out Next-Gen consoles, even trying to fathom that is ridiculous.
For those who don't know The Witcher 3 is being developed on CD Projekt's RedEngine3 and is one of the most visually advanced games currently announced for Next-Gen consoles. The non-linear story is created based off the players decisions giving a memorable and different story each time it's played. The game follows Geralt of Rivia, a genetically enhanced human trained to fight monsters with special abilities varying from each Witcher.
The Witcher 3 is said to provide gamers with over 100 hours of gameplay will be released February 2015.
This full open letter can be read below
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."