The Witcher 3: CDPR says delayed next-gen update isn’t in ‘dev hell’

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red announced last week that the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, originally scheduled for Q2 2022, has been delayed “until further notice.”

As for why, the studio said it is developing the upgrade internally and evaluating the scope of the update. However, “until further notice” is considered by many to be a not-so-good sign that the update is in trouble, especially given that CDPR revealed that it no longer uses an external studio to handle the update, but instead does it in-house. Some reports refer to the delay as an “indefinite delay,” which often carries the connotation of “development hell.”

In a new investor call, though, CDPR’s senior vice president of business development MichaƂ Nowakowski explained that the delay isn’t development hell.

“I’ve been looking at the headlines all over the internet and I saw one that really caught my attention and that was ‘Wicher 3 next-gen delayed indefinitely’ and it sounds like the game is in some kind of development hell ,” Novalski said, reportedly computer gamer. “I would say it’s not true. We’re going to have a lot of hints, like next June or something. Not at all.

“Everything we’ve said is, we’ve developed the game in-house. That game will be done in-house. We’re evaluating our timing and that’s going to take some investigation. That’s what we’re saying. No one said the game was delayed. [with] We have some huge time gaps in front of us. That’s what I’d say about the next-gen version of the Witcher, but I really want to emphasize that fact. ”

computer gamer Reports later said in an investor call that Kovakovsky told investors that “not many” developers were working on the next-generation update, with an estimate of about 15 developers needing additional outside support staff, which seems Indicates that the update is closer to completion than it is.

“Taking over this project will not affect the development of our next game,” he said.

For more, read The Witcher 3 next-gen update delayed, then check out the story on how The Witcher 3 sold over 40 million copies. Read about CDPR’s announcement of a new Witcher game to be made with Unreal Engine 5 at a later date.

[Source: PC Gamer]

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