There are lots of exciting games coming from Asian devs over the next few years, but we know you’re interested in global triple-A games as well, and on that front, I have some bad news and some…questionable news.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delayed
In an open letter posted to the game’s official website, Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt has announced that the game is being delayed, and its new release date won’t be until February 2015. According to the letter:
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. 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.
Obviously, this is depressing as it means we’ll have to wait even longer to partake in Wild Hunt, but I can’t say it’s entirely surprising. After all, the game is over 100 hours long and has at least 36 different endings. No wonder the team needs a few extra months to finish it!
Mirror’s Edge 2 details
Speaking of games you can’t play for a long time, Rocket Chainsaw claims to have some exclusive information on Mirror’s Edge 2, EA and Dice’s reboot of 2008’s excellent but under-performing Mirror’s Edge.
You can check that site for all the details (I don’t want to steal their thunder) but the most interesting news is that the game will apparently be set in an always-online open world.
Personally, when I hear the phrase “always-online” uttered about an EA game, shivers of terror run down my spine. And the open world thing isn’t much consolation either given that the first game worked so well thanks to its brilliantly-designed levels, which often gave the feeling of openness while still guiding you in the right direction.
The team apparently compares its online approach to Journey, which is reassuring because Journey was fantastic. But even so, I can’t help but worry that EA may be planning to do to my beloved Mirror’s Edge the same thing that it did to Sim City.
Sadly, we won’t get to find out for sure until 2016.