An improved version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X is not coming in the first half of 2022, CD Projekt Red said on Wednesday. The company made the announcement on Twitter, saying it took over the project. CD Projekt has not set a new release window.
“We have decided to let our in-house development team do the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘, said CD Project. “We are currently evaluating the extent of work that needs to be done and therefore need to postpone the Q2 release until further notice. We will update you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.”
Saber Interactive, the developers behind the excellent version of wild hunting for Nintendo Switch, had previously worked on the project.
Released in 2015, wild hunting is the most acclaimed game in franchise history. Its visual fidelity and mechanical complexity have earned it a place among the best modern PC games, including here at Polygon.
The goodwill earned by the commercial and critical success of wild hunting helped to arouse consumer interest in Cyberpunk 2077, an ambitious title based on a universe created by R. Talsorian Games. Unfortunately, that product was delayed several times before being released in an extremely buggy state. The fallout from that failed release prompted a personal apology from the company’s CEO. In addition, it took a long period of crunch to bring the game across the finish line.
News from wild huntingThe delay comes a month after the company announced that the next title in the Witcher franchise was in development and that it would use Unreal Engine 5 as part of a “multi-year strategic partnership with Epic Games.”