One of the year’s most anticipated games, Cyberpunk 2077, has been delayed for the second time. The open world RPG was originally slated to come out on April 16 of this year, but was delayed to September 17 back in January. And now it’s been delayed again to November 19.
In a statement released on Twitter, CD Projeckt Red’s Co-Founder, Marcin Iwinski, and Head of Studio, Adam Badowski, explained the studio’s decision to delay the game.
“Those of you who are familiar with the way we make games know that we won’t ship something which is not ready,” the company stated. CD Projekt apologized for the move, saying that their “intention is to make Cyberpunk 2077 something that will stay with you for years to come.”
Despite the delay, the game appears to be nearly complete, as the Polish studio made it clear that the remaining development time will mostly be spent on bug fixes and making sure game mechanics are balanced.
“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.”
Fantastic delay for console players who now won't have to decide whether or not to wait the two months for next-gen https://t.co/I3H0FWQXUh
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) June 18, 2020
Bloomberg reporter, Jason Schreier, brought up the fact that this delay is a good thing for console players, who now won’t have to decide whether or not to wait two months to play the game on next-gen machines. Geoff Keighley also chimed in, saying that the delay “makes you wonder if it will effectively be a next gen launch title now.”
Cyberpunk now coming November 19. Makes you wonder if it will effectively be a next gen launch title now. https://t.co/LGwow5ki6b
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) June 18, 2020
However, there’s still some confusion around how current-gen games such as Cyberpunk 2077 will transition to next-gen consoles. Back in April, CD Projekt stated that their game would get a “proper, full-blown next-gen version” that would come at a later date, but later clarified that this meant a simple Smart Delivery update for Series X owners. Also, it was recently reported that the PlayStation 5 will not have its own version of Smart Delivery, but instead Sony will leave cross-gen upgrade paths up to third party publishers.