CD Projekt Red has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be making its originally projected September release date, and will now come to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One on November 19.
The studio’s statement says that while the game is actually finished in terms of developing its content and systems, it’s just a matter of polishing everything that’s there, and the additional two months will give the team time to scrub through the whole thing. Given that the game is reportedly pretty sizable, that’s not a small task.
“Those of you who are familiar with the way we make games know that we won’t ship something which is not ready. ‘Ready when it’s done’ is not just a phrase we say because it sounds right, it’s something we live by even when we know we’ll take the heat for it. At the same time, we are fully aware that making such a decision costs us your trust and trading trust for additional time is one of the hardest decisions a game developer can make. And despite we think it’s the right decision for the game, we’d still like to apologize for making you wait longer. Our intention is to make Cyberpunk 2077 something that will stay with you for years to come. In the end, we hope you understand why we did what we did.”
CD Projekt Red also announced that previews for the game should be going up next week on June 25, and that it hopes that will give fans something to look forward to in the meantime.
Here’s the full statement published on the game’s social channels:
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While the delay of two months might not seem like much, Cyberpunk 2077 was announced nearly a decade ago at this point, with the first mention of the game being back in 2012. Since then, CD Projekt Red released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015, before Cyberpunk 2077 became the studio’s primary focus. This also comes after a more recent delay of five months back in January, which pushed the game into September.
The game will also be coming to next-gen systems, but as the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 don’t have concrete release dates yet, it’s unclear if and how this delay will affect those versions.
Since the game’s announcement, the marketing surrounding it has gone in some weird directions, including ads that seem to fetishize trans bodies, and the revelation that pop singer Grimes’ character will get into some extremely questionable stuff surrounding her character’s suicide. It’s made some folks, (us at Fanbyte included) wary about how the final product is going to handle some heavy subject matter, but we’ve seen fairly recently just how much marketing can obscure the truth of something more thoughtful.