Cyberpunk 2077 has been re-confirmed to be released on December 10th. Recently, the game’s developer, CD Projekt Red, changed the header of their twitter account to an image without the December 10th release date, causing fans to prepare for yet another delay on the long-awaited project. At the time of this writing, the header of the Twitter account has been changed. CD Projekt Red confirmed to IGN today that December 10 is still the anticipated release date.
As inconsequential as such an update sounds, this news is on the back of three separate delays for the release of Cyberpunk 2077, which was first announced all the way back in May of 2012. Initially slated to release on April 16th, 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 was pushed back to September 17th to “finish playtesting, fixing, and polishing.” In October, it was delayed yet again, to its current, and hopefully final, release date of December 10th. According to a tweet from CEO Marcin Iwinski and studio head Adam Badowski, the biggest hurdle causing the delay is “shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and rest 9 versions of it.”
The game is officially “gold,” which means complete and pressed to disc. The development team insists on “increasing the quality bar,” to make the player experience as seamless and smooth as possible for the day 0 patch. To make the game as polished as possible at launch is a goal that bodes well, but is potentially frustrating for players who have already pre-ordered 2077.
We have important news to share with you pic.twitter.com/qZUaD6IwmM— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is poised to be a huge, open-world RPG, featuring Keanu Reeves as the game’s protagonist, V. Cyberpunk 2077 is adapted from a tabletop game of the same name. It set in the neon-coated Night City, which has 6 distinct open world districts for players to explore.
2077’s developer, the Polish company CD Projekt Red, is best known for their massively successful The Witcher series. As this is their first foray away from the highly lauded series, fan expectations are quite high. 2077 has had a terribly long development cycle, and boasts a larger development team than The Witcher 3 (which was released during 2077’s development). In short, the hype machine has been rolling along powerfully for more than 8 years now.
Despite all of the trouble, delays can prove to be a good thing. It appears CDPR has focused on the quality of 2077 above all else. The developer has had a very good track record with The Witcher series, which has won countless awards. As Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto once said (ironically, around the time of 2077’s announcement), “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” Still, gamers have been spurned many times in the past, often by delayed games that never quite hit the mark.
Here’s hoping that Cyberpunk 2077 is actually released on December 10th, and that it lives up to the hype.
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