Developer CD Projekt Red wishes to clarify what it had said about The Witcher 3 PS5 release date on April 13. In a tweet (posted below) on the official The Witcher 3 account, the developer stated that it would have to postpone the intended Q2 release date for its next-gen versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt “until further notice” which caused many outlets to assume and report that it was being delayed indefinitely. But that apparently is not the case.
Why The Witcher 3 PS5 release date is sooner than originally thought
We have decided to have our in-house development team conduct the remaining work on the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are currently evaluating the scope of work to be done and thus have to postpone Q2 release until further notice. 1/2
— The Witcher (@witchergame) April 13, 2022
Michał Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development for CD Projekt Red, in a recent investors call explained that no release date was given because the developer was still trying to figure out a production timeline, according to a transcription of the call by PCGamer:
“I’ve been looking at the headlines… and I’ve seen one that really drew my attention, which is, ‘Witcher 3 next-gen delayed indefinitely,’ which sounds like the game is in some sort of development hell. I want to state that this is not the fact.”
Nowakowski wanted to emphasize that the developer is simply bringing the production of the next-gen versions of The Witcher 3 in-house away from Saber Interactive’s Russian studio due to the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict.
“We’re evaluating our time, that requires a bit of investigation—that’s all we’re saying,” he explained. “Nobody’s saying the game is delayed [with] some monumental time gap ahead of us.”
While this suggests that the game will be arriving sooner than expected, CD Projekt Red has not given a new release window quite yet. When it’s ready, the next-gen update will arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series consoles, while owners of the game on PC will receive it as a free update.
The Witcher 3 next-gen update was originally slated to release in the second half of 2021, but the release date was pushed to mid-2022 so that CD Projekt Red could focus on fixing Cyberpunk 2077.