CD Projekt announced on Thursday that it is developing The Witcher 3‘s next-gen update, which had it outsourced, and evaluates how much additional work the new version of the game will require. Despite how bleak this may sound, the developer clarified on Friday that the update isn’t in “development hell” but also didn’t offer a release window.
“I’ve looked at headlines that popped up here and there on the web, and I’ve seen one that really caught my eye, which was ‘Witcher 3 next-gen indefinitely delayed,’ which sounds like the game is in some sort of development hell,” said Michał Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development at CD Projekt, during the conference call with the company’s investors on Friday. “I want to say that this is not the fact. There has been a lot of insinuation that we are going in June next year or something like that. launch. That is not the case at all.”
It’s worth noting that the original announcement of the next-gen update delay was via The Witcher’s Twitter account, which is run by CD Projekt. The tweet stated that CD Projekt was taking development of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game in-house and that it was postponing the game’s release and evaluating possible new dates.
“The game is finished in-house. We evaluate our time, that requires a little bit of research — that’s all we say,” Nowakowski explained. “Nobody’s saying the game has been delayed in a huge time difference ahead of us. That’s as much as I can say about the next-gen Witcher, but I really want to emphasize that fact.”
CD Projekt also clarified about the call that the team’s work to develop The Witcher 3The next generation internal version will not affect the development of the studio’s next game.
Despite all this, the call did not contain any details about when the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 may actually be released, but at least we now know for sure that it won’t be June 2023.