Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed To December

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Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed To December
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Cyberpunk 2077‘s release is being pushed back three weeks until December 10, CD Projekt Red announced today on Twitter.

The studio blamed the delay on the difficulty of simultaneously shipping a game across so many different platforms. “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 version of it (Xbox One/X, compatibility on Xbox Series S/X, PS4/Pro, compatibility on PS5, PC, Stadia) while working from home,” studio heads Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwiński wrote in a statement.

The pair went on:

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.

While Cyberpunk 2077 went gold earlier this month, meaning discs for the game are already being printed, the studio heads said this extra time would go toward improving the game’s Day 0 patch.

Cyberpunk 2077 was originally set to release in April, but was subsequently delayed until September 17, and then again until November 19. This marks the game’s third delay this year, and the first since Bloomberg reported last month that the game’s developers were being forced to crunch in the lead up to release.

Badowski defended the decision, which required the game’s team to work overtime each week, on Twitter saying everyone would be compensated for the extra work. Co-CEO Iwiński had previously told Kotaku that the studio would not crunch to finish the game.

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  • Personally, even though its only 3 weeks I am oddly sort of glad.

    With Watchdogs Legion out in a day or so, AC Valhalla next month, and not even considering the addition of two console launches in November… More for me to sort through than there is time.

    • Ubisoft must be happy!

      … but I still haven’t figured out why ubisoft is releasing so many titles back to back, especially since they are 50 to 100+ hour games.

      • If I had to guess, they must figure that Legion and Valhalla have different audiences and they’d like both audiences’ holiday gift money please.

      • Happens every year. From now until the middle of December is traditionally their biggest sales period, with parents buying for Christmas, plus Black Friday sales in the US. The Black Friday sales combine so many factors to become something insane. Our Boxing Day sales dont remotely come close.

        In the end it means the bigger companies like EA and Ubisoft feel it necessary to put competing products on the market, just to get into the buying frenzy that happens in their biggest market.

  • Weirdly this kind of works for me. I’m wave 2 on xbox all access so my series X arrives on the 10th of December as well.

    • Day O, or Daaaaay O, means daylight come and me wanna go home.

      Seriously though, I used to think a Day 0 patch was one added during the printing process but some folks use it to describe what others call a Day 1 patch so who knows.

    • Day Zero patch is all the things they work on between Gold (the disk/disturbing preload) and Release Day.

      Can be confused with Day 1 patch.
      Day 1 patch is now more “oh crab baskets, we need to fix this cause people can’t play, connect or we found something game breaking”

      I do find it confusing cause Day Zero is also name of a software exploit found in version 1.0 of a software

    • It’s not great is it….. They have spent 10’s of millions of dollars on marketing that now includes the wrong release date. Whatever caused this delay is more than just “platform testing”.

      They should delay for a proper next-gen release in early 2021.

    • No. 2020 has been rubbish at every level. In case you havent noticed, in the real world in Europe the pandemic is on a massive rise.

    • Not really. Everyone who has had any interaction with the game have all pretty much universally expressed a desire to play more and more forever. If there’s anything ‘wrong’ it’s very likely not down to core stuff, and seems much more likely to be bug fixing and polish, per the company’s claims.

      If I were a betting man? I’d bet that the next gen hardware/drivers are throwing out some bugs/crashes that don’t appear on PC/current-gen hardware configurations. They’re undoubtedly acutely aware that next-gen console players are going to be playing the current-gen version early instead of waiting for the next-gen-specific release, meaning those bugs need to get fixed now and not only when the next-gen version comes out.

    • Honestly everything about CP 2077 has thrown up massive red flags for me – an insanely rocky start to development, multiple delays, overworked staff, broken promises about not overworking said staff – not to mention footage of the game itself which honestly looks kind of average with passable though not brilliant animation, some pretty weak lines of dialogue and gunplay and driving that doesn’t do much to dispel the “Cyberpunk GTA” comparisons and I feel like the hype train everyone else is riding on might be derailed massively come launch day

    • Well we know the next gen version is slated for a later date so it’s not all that surprising.

      I’m beginning to wonder if the increased delays are impacting sales projections for the current gen version since the window where folks were likely to pickup the PS4/XB1 version has gotten smaller and smaller as time went on.
      Let’s face it, if you manage to get a next gen console between now and the games release, the big question we’ll all be asking is, when can I play the upgraded version.

      • I dont think that window is as small as people think. Console sales dont spike in the first wave, but around years 2-3.
        The hype is there for the next gen, dont get me wrong, and there will be plenty of console sales, but out of the 100m plus PS4 owners (guesstimate would be 120m by Dec 21), you can expect only about 15-20% to be upgrading in the next 12 months. It would be similar for the Xbox owners.
        In other words, plenty of people are going to be on PS4/Xb1 for a good while yet.
        When you look as PS4 launch sales they sold a bit over 4m from mid Nov 2013 to Dec 28 2013 for example, and another ~3m (for a total of 7m) up until 6 April 2014. Thats broadly their launch window for Cyberpunk though sales should continue for years if the game is as good as their other products. Which it looks like it is. So plenty of people during that time wont have a next gen console, and will be wanting to get stuff for their XB1/PS4 for the Christmas/New Year period.
        I dont think they’re worried about the window closing on them.

  • Noooooo…. Everyone here is taking it so well but I’m pissed. I already think the game has been hyped beyond reason and cannot live up to such expectations, but with every additional delay it makes things worse.

    There’s the school of thought that says ‘we’ve waited so many years, what’s a few more weeks?’ but my school of thought is that every additional day of delay is more salt in the wound.

    Dramatic? Sure. Woe is me.

  • The amount of entitlment at the moment is off the charts.

    CD Projeckt Red owe you nothing, you get the game when they chose to release it not a moment sooner.

  • Disappointing, and I’m super glad I didn’t schedule any time off!

    Frankly, this just means I’m going to pick up Valhalla on the PS5 launch. With Cyberpunk due to launch a couple weeks after, I was never going to be able to give Valhalla the time it probably deserves… and now I can!

  • The worst part is that this is an admission that they’re printing and shipping a partially broken or incomplete game.
    Day 1 patches are so unethical.

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