When Cyberpunk 2077 was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the ensuing car crash left a lot of people annoyed that the game’s PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions — both platforms that were out when the game released — were nowhere to be seen. This was exasperated by CD Projekt Red insisting that the previous consoles were simply not up to the task of running the game that they published and sold for money.
The next-gen versions were, presumably, right around the corner, so the blow was mitigated for a segment of the audience that had next-gen consoles and were waiting for the free update that brought Cyberpunk 2077 more in line with what was promised. During this wait, CD Projekt Red also announced that The Witcher 3 would also get a next-gen upgrade before too long, with both upgrades hitting before the end of the year. Unfortunately, they have been delayed into next year.
The news comes from CDPR’s investor report, which states “The Management Board of the Company hereby announces that, based on recommendations supplied by persons supervising development, it has decided to allocate additional time to both projects. The Company currently intends to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 in the first quarter of 2022, and the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the second quarter of 2022.”
A tweet from CDPR’s account later reiterated the same information.
IMPORTANT PRODUCTION UPDATE pic.twitter.com/KOnaIVOt4v
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) October 20, 2021
“We apologize for the extended wait, but we want to make it right” is a really telling sentence from the developers of Cyberpunk 2077.