CD Projekt Red announced yesterday that pre-orders for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were in excess of one million, so they are well aware of the fact that people cannot wait to get their hands on this game. As a result, those who have purchased the game digitally are being allowed to preload the game via GOG.com and Steam as of today. Origin users will be able to do so starting Thursday, May 14th. For console players, preloads are currently available for Xbox Live subscribers with PlayStation Network users to follow. The digital download of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will officially unlock on Monday may 18th, so you will be able to play at the following times (please check your time zone):
May 18th, 4.00 pm PT (Los Angeles)
May 18th, 7.00 pm ET (New York)
May 19th, 00.00 am BT (London)
May 19th, 2.00 am UT (Moscow)
May 19th, 8.00 am JT (Tokyo).
In case you are bad with time zones, that is the same time worldwide; it's the 19th for some because the release is based on 4PM in California. Whether physical or digital, you still have time to pre-order the game and remember that regardless of whether you pre-order, everyone that purchases a copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have access to 16 free pieces of DLC to be released during the game's release window. It's time to start chopping heads, people!