Their Games Aren’t Rushed
Each entry in The Witcher series has been a massive leap over the last one, from the first game to The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and then with last year’s overwhelming Game of the Year The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Now the development times between each game certainly haven’t been anything to scoff at, with The Witcher releasing in 2007, Assassins of Kings in 2011 and Wild Hunt in 2015. Four years between each game, however, CD Projekt had a goal in mind with all that time.
Clearly, the developer knew that both games would take time to make for all of their ambition, and they weren’t afraid to delay either one. The Witcher 3 was delayed twice with the final one pushing it out of 2014 and into May of 2015. The studio made sure to be vocal with fans over the delay, even writing an open letter to them.
“The sheer size and complexity of The Witcher, key features of the title, have had a decisive impact on production. Now, nearing the end of our work, we see many details that need to be corrected,” the studio said.
Luckily, CD Projekt managed to keep showing the game consistently at E3 and other shows. It was one of the most well-received games at every show it went to, and CD Projekt managed to keep hype for the game insanely high until it released in 2015, alongside heaps of critical praise.
Looking into the future, CD Projekt has also been careful not to say too much on their next project, Cyberpunk 2077. The game was first announced in 2012, but the developer has been quick to tell people that it’s still a ways off. They’ve said multiple times that they don’t want to rush things, and won’t show anything substantial until they’re sure it’s ready. With final Witcher 3 expansion now out, everyone’s chomping at the bit for CD Projekt’s next title, but they’ve won enough goodwill that fans will give them the benefit of the doubt no matter how long they have to wait.