VG247 reports that the console version of The Witcher 2 has been pushed back until the first quarter of next year. There's some speculation that the delay may be due to developer CD Projekt Red's legal dispute with Namco Bandai, who handled distribution of the physical PC version. THQ was set to publish the console version of the game towards the end of the year, but Namco reportedly isn't happy with the developer's decision to change publishers -- and also with the removal of the game's controversial DRM, which was a very popular move with the community.

CD Projekt Red, though, insists that the delay is more due to making the game the best possible experience it can be.

"The extra time will allow us to polish the title to perfection, so that the game offers an ideally balanced, fantastic experience to gamers," said CD Projekt Red leading man Adam Kicinski. "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."

In the meantime, CD Projekt Red will be revealing details of some "major DLC" for the PC version at Gamescom later this month. We'll be there -- so keep an eye on GamePro for the latest.

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