CD Projekt Red have announced yet another delay for Cyberpunk 2077, shifting the game’s release back from mid-September to 19th November. The game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC at launch, but there’s bound to be renewed questions about the timing of Xbox Series X upgrades via Smart Delivery, the Google Stadia version, and whether or not the game will have a PlayStation 5 enhanced release.
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Co-founder Marcin Iwiński and Head of Studio Adam Badowski explain, “we won’t ship something which is not ready. ‘Ready when it’s done’ is not just a phrase we say because it sounds right, it’s something we live by even when we know we’ll take the heat for it.”
They continue, “At the time we are writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise. The quests, the cutscenes, the skills and items; all the adventures Night City has to offer – it’s all there. But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out and we will spend the additional time doing exactly that.”
The game has gone through a string of late delays in its development process. It was first pinned down for March 2020 at last year’s E3, before CD Projekt Red announced that they were delaying the multiplayer side of the game a few months later. At the turn of 2020, the hype for the game was picking up, but in mid-January, they dropped the bombshell that they would delay the game until September so that they could polish and refine it further.
That delay naturally had fans and pundits speculating about next-gen versions of the game, what with it being so close to the “Holiday 2020” window that Sony and Microsoft were already touting. For some time CD Projekt Red squashed the speculation, saying they were purely focussed on current gen for the time being, but Microsoft then announced the Smart Delivery cross-gen purchase scheme in February, with Cyberpunk 2077 as the first third party game to confirmed for the scheme. Smart Delivery will mean that anyone buying the game on Xbox One will automatically have access to an Xbox Series X version of the game.
The delay now raises further questions about the game’s release. Will it be out for next-gen consoles on day one? What will the toll be on the developers who face another two months of crunch?
Fans are currently waiting for the Night City Watch stream to reveal more of the game. Originally planned for 12th June, it was delayed until 25th June out of respect and support for the Black Lives Matter protests.