|Source: All Games Beta|
CD Projekt RED have this week announced a delay in the release schedule of their previously-impending open-world fantasy video game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Currently readying to launch exclusively on next-generation consoles, the sequel to 2011's The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings will task its protagonist Geralt - and, of course, the player - with overcoming the series' most powerful - and therefore frustrating-to-tackle - antagonists to date, not least the deer-esque bestial menace depicted above.
Eagle-eyed readers of On-Screen may well have noticed that this writer tends to prioritize playing those video game products which emphasise narrative over sheer difficulty, with the rare exception to the rule being a title such as Alien Isolation (9/10) that more than competently balances the pair, hence why Assassin didn't appeal to us for the most part. With that being said, even if it's hardly our cup of tea, only those who regard the industry as a whole with a severe level of apathy could possibly have failed to note the immense levels of hype swelling around Wild Hunt and its increasingly lengthy (much to the irk of regular Witcher followers) development process, a factor which hasn't helped CD Projekt RED in the slightest when it comes to them announcing one of the most divisive updates to the cycle's progression so far. Thankfully, the vast majority of players - ourselves included - concur that if CD's focus on "limit[ing] any bugs" (as they put it in the Open Letter they submitted to fans via their official site in order to break the rough news earlier this week) will make Wild Hunt all the more likely to turn out for the better when it premières next Summer rather than in the late stages of this Winter (a launch window that they supposedly set far "too hastily" in the end), then more power to CD, yet at the same time, we'd scarcely blame those who've dropped their pre-orders in light of the news and as such, the development team have their work cut out when it comes to enticing the naysayers to return.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will no longer launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in February 2015 but will instead land in video game retailers worldwide on May 19th, 2015.