Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably the most hyped game of 2020. Developed by CD Projekt Red, the game has been in development for a few years now and we’ve been seeing different teases and trailers for the game for a while now. The game was slated for release in April 2020, which is only a few months away now.
However, if you had altered your plans in anticipation of the release of Cyberpunk 2077, you’d be disappointed to hear that the game will no longer be coming out in April. Instead, the release date for Cyberpunk 2077 has been moved back to September 2020, which is still 9 months away.
In the official statement, CD Projekt Red stated that the game will be releasing on September 17, 2020 instead. According to the developer, Cyberpunk 2077 has been completed and is “playable”. However, there is still a lot of work and polish that needs to be sunk into the game to make it a true AAA experience that we all expect from a veteran studio like CD Projekt Red.
Continuing the explanation, the statement further explained what exactly prompted this change.
“Night City is massive – full of stories, content and places to visit, but due to sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing and polishing. We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.” – CD Projekt Red
The studio did, however, state that we can expect a lot more updates on the actual progress of the game as we move closer to the release date.
This is not the first game that has gotten delayed this year though. Earlier this week, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy 7 Remake will also be moving to an April release rather than its initially intended March release. Furthermore, the Avengers game was also delayed until September. With Cyberpunk also moving, there could be major gains or losses to be had for games releasing in April and September.
Another big game that was expected to be released in March of this year, The Last of Us 2 was also delayed until May for some extra polish. This has become an increasingly frequent trend among developers as bigger games require more polish to be bug free at launch. However, despite our frustrations, these delays do mean that we get a much better product at the end.
Earlier last year, CD Projekt Red also announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will be First Person only, at least when it launches. While this announcement infuriated a lot of people, the developer explained that third person just was not possible due to budget and time constraints. However, now that the game has been moved back, maybe we will get at least a tease of a third person mode coming to the game soon.
In addition to that, with a September release, Cyberpunk 2077 will now be launching awfully close to next generation consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It would be interesting to see if this delay has any effect on the next generation port of the game, which won’t be available on launch, according to CD Projekt Red.
In any case, hopefully this means that we will get a full and polished Cyberpunk 2077 experience that we have all been waiting for.
With arguably the biggest game release of the year being moved back to September, the industry will definitely feel the impact. Are you happy that the game is getting the polish and attention it deserves despite getting delayed or would you have preferred its earlier release date with a few extra bugs? Let us know down in the comments below!
Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on September 17, 2020.