CD Projekt Red have announced yet another delay in the release date of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.
The game was originally slated for an April release, later being delayed to September 17th. CD Projekt President Adam Kiciński would later insist that Cyberpunk 2077 would still meet its planned release date, despite the “troubled times” brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Finally the game was delayed to November 19th for Windows PC (via GOG, and Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Google Stadia. CD Projekt Red Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski and Head of Studio Adam Badowski insisted in a joint-statement that the game was “finished both content and gameplay-wise,” with only bug-testing and balancing remaining.
It was announced in early October that the game had gone gold, i.e. finished and sent to be distributed on discs and digital distribution platforms. No announcement of a Day 1 patch was made at that time.
Now the game’s official Twitter account has posted the now-infamous black text on a yellow background, stating the game has been delayed to December 10th on all platforms. The reason for this was cited by Badowski and Iwinski as “undercalculating” the time spent improving the game via a Day 0 patch, along with preparing the game for multiple platforms while working from home.
Today, we’ve decided to move the release date of Cyberpunk 2077 by 21 days. The new release date is December 10th.
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.