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CD Projekt Red has unfortunately pushed the highly-anticipated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to February next year.

“The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious,” says the studio.

The studio explained in an open letter that a few extra months of development time is needed to allow the game to achieve a level of quality that will set it apart from other RPG titles.

“We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious,” explained the letter.

“We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.”

Here’s the letter to gamers:

Dear gamers–we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.

[via Gamespot]