The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 delayed until Q1 2012

If you’ve been holding off on picking up The Witcher 2 until it sees an Xbox 360 release, there’s some bad news: CD Projekt RED announced today that the port has been pushed back until Q1 2012.

According to the press release, CD Projekt RED’s reason for the delay involves the difficulties in bringing the title over to Xbox 360. The developer isn’t doing a simple port, but rather changing and optimizing things to run as solid as possible.

That isn’t the only thing holding The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 back, though. The press release also cites the developer’s ongoing legal battle with Namco Bandai as a reason for the delay.

The basis for the legal battle is essentially Namco Bandai and CD Projekt RED weren’t seeing eye-to-eye with distribution of the Xbox 360 version in Europe, Asia, Central America and South America.

“We have decided not to withhold information and to tell our fans immediately of the Xbox 360 launch moving to Q1 2012. As we have stated many times before, The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 will be an adaptation and not regular port,” said CD Projekt RED president Adam Kicinski. “The extra time will allow us to polish the title to perfection, so that the game offers an ideally balanced, fantastic experience to gamers. As the launch of the game approaches, we will be sharing more details how it will be released on Xbox 360. I trust that despite the release date shift, players will be satisfied with what we are planning for them.”