Is The Witcher 3 being delayed really so bad?
By now, literally anyone interested in this game has heard: The Witcher 3 has been delayed until February 2015. Now, I'll admit, as someone who was hugely excited to play CD Projekt RED's open world fantasy game, the more I think about it the more I become okay with the whole thing.
Certainly, The Witcher 3 was near the top of games I wanted to play, as I've always carried a love for fantasy RPGs and until Japan can catch up TW3 appears to be the pinnacle of those sorts of games. But.
One of the things I've noticed and thought suspicious for quite some time is how so many video games are missing release dates. They're either scheduled for a generic "2014" date or just set for a certain general quarter, and for most of those games it appears they're all coming out in Q4. Frankly, even assuming half of those games are pushed to 2015, we're still looking at a packed holiday season. Here's just some of the games that are scheduled to come out later in the year.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The Order: 1886
Lords of the Fallen )
Super Smash Bros.
All of these are due out in the time span of August to December. If even half of them actually hit their target dates, it'll be months before I actually finish them all, and that's far longer than I actually have until The Witcher is supposed to be on store shelves.
Now certainly, it's possible that you're not interested in any of the games I just showed, or only one or two--but there are so many scheduled to hit between now and February that the point remains: at this point, seeing games spread out over a few months is far less intimidating than knowing they're all out at the same time where you're much less likely to give each one the attention you'd like to.
So ask yourself: Is The Witcher 3 being pushed back a few months actually bad? Unless it was literally the only game you were planning on playing this fall, I somehow doubt it.