Yep, another game got delayed. I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised when I say that Cyberpunk 2077 is the latest to get delayed, because it’s a AAA game in 2020 so of course. And hell, even Animal Crossing: New Horizons got delayed to its current March 2020 date.
But here we are! So now Cyberpunk 2077 will come out September 17, 2020, instead of its original mid-April date. CD Projekt Red made the announcement via Twitter and its social platforms, via CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwinski and Head of Studio Adam Badowski.
“We’re currently a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done,” the letter read. “Night City is massive — full of stories, content, and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing, and polishing. We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.”
Given the massive scale of the world teased and previewed, this seems like an honest self-assessment. Cyberpunk 2077 touts itself as a true roleplaying game, with plenty of options to progress the story and pave one’s way in the world. We’re not perfectly sure how every option will play out — non-violence fans seem to be in for a rough time — but there’s enough that plenty can go wrong in practical gameplay.
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It’s a fairly welcome move for a lot of players, especially with labor as a rising topic. Many are increasingly welcoming longer release times over bugs or “crunch.” The latter is an especially hot-button issue after Red Dead Redemption 2 among other 2018 hits reported scenes of intense overtime for underpaid staff to complete games. Plus, workers are ramping up talks of industry-wide unionization. While game development is often precarious, devs are hoping their economic situations don’t have to be. [Author update: It turns out there may, in fact, be crunch, according to an investor call made the same day as this announcement. Boo.]
Cyberpunk 2077 is far from the only spring release to get delayed. Most recently, Final Fantasy 7 Remake saw its date pushed back — though this was a little less severe, with only five weeks extra put on the dock. The long-anticipated Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 saw a less fortunate fate. Announced at E3 2019 and originally set for March 2020, there’s no set date except 2020.
Good news is, that pushes Cyberpunk 2077 out of the way of a lot of major releases. In March, there’ll be Half-Life: Alyx, Doom: Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons; Cyberpunk’s original month of release, April, saw the remakes ofFinal Fantasy VII, which saw its own delay, and Resident Evil 3, plus Gears spin-off game Gears Tactics.
In spite of its controversies, Cyberpunk 2077 will likely see a massive audience when it finally arrives in September.