CD Projekt Red (CDPR) announced on Wednesday that the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would be delayed, but the company insists it’s not in “some kind of development hell” (via Polygon).
As part of the delay announcement, CDPR said the update would miss its scheduled second quarter release and that the studio would move development of the update in-house. CDPR hasn’t announced a new release date or even an expected timeline, which has led some releases – including The edge – to write that the game has been delayed indefinitely. CDPR’s senior vice president of business development, Michał Nowakowski, disputed that characterization during an investor call this week.
“When it comes to [the] new generation launch The Witcher 3, I think there’s a comment I really wanted to make,” he said. (Skip to 30:34 if you wish to hear for yourself.)’Witcher 3 new generation delayed indefinitely. Which gives the impression that the game is in some kind of development hell. I would like to clarify that this is not the case. There’s been a lot of innuendo that we’re gonna throw out [in] June [of] next year or something like that. This is absolutely not the case. »
While he refrained from giving details on when we might play the update, Nowakowski’s upcoming comments suggest it might not be too far off. “All we’re saying is: we’ve done the game development in-house. The game will be finished internally. We value our time. This requires a bit of investigation. That’s all we say. No one is saying the game is delayed in a monumental time span ahead of us.
Karolina Gnaś of CD Projekt Red confirmed The edge that the update was originally developed by Saber Interactive, which handled the impressive Switch port for The Witcher 3. However, Saber Interactive has an office in Russia, and as Kotaku noted, a Russian game outlet reported in March that CDPR had severed ties with that office, which would have handled the next-gen update. Gnaś did not respond to a question asking if the Russian office was the one working on the update.