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Well, I thought this was going to be some sort of viral troll, but upon closer inspection of the text in the yellow backgrounded tweet, I realized I was not being Rickrolled. Cyberpunk 2077 has indeed been delayed again for the third time, though this one is not as long as the others, and gets it outside of a crowded next gen launch week.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be delayed by three weeks and will be out December 10, 2020.
Not a huge delay, and not anything to stress about on the player side, as it’s not like there isn’t anything else to play during that time. You can read the full statement below, which explains some of the rationale:
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— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020
Most likely, there are many emotions and questions in your heads, so first and foremost, please accept our humble apologies.
The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test 9 versions of it (Xbox One/X, compatibility on Xbox Series S/X, PS4/Pro, compatibility on PS5, PC, Stadia) while working from home. Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly. We’re aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do.
Some of you might also be wondering what these words mean in light of us saying we achieved gold master some time ago. Passing certification or “going gold” means the game is ready, can be completed and has all content in it. But it doesn’t mean we stop working on it and raising the quality bar. On the contrary, this is the time where many improvements are being made which will then be distributed via a Day 0 patch. This is the time period we undercalculated.
We feel we have an amazing game on our hands and are willing to make every decision, even the hardest ones, if it ultimately leads to you getting a video game you’ll fall in love with.”
To recap the window that Cyberpunk 2077 is now escaping, the current next-gen release window line-up looks like this:
Even though most gamers I know had a “drop whatever you’re doing to play Cyberpunk” philosophy in mind when the 19th hit, I know many are likely glad for the extra breathing room. Waiting three extra weeks with so much else to play in that window does not seem like a huge deal at all, and things slow way, way down in December in terms of releases.
CDPR has been in hot water over accusations of crunch both over the long term development of Cyberpunk and more recently, where an email circulated showing that management was asking (“asking”) everyone to work one weekend day until launch to make sure the game came out on time. There is no mention of how this will affect the workers or this policy with the new delay in the statement here, though perhaps internal reporting will reveal that shortly.
I personally am outright celebrating this delay as a bit of breathing room which will allow me to prioritize other games coming out in this window for longer, and I have a feeling I can get through a whole bunch of them with now three full weeks extra before Cyberpunk hits.