Cyberpunk 2077 release date delayed once more to November

CD Projekt RED has further delayed Cyberpunk 2077 to November, announcing that previews will be out the door soon.

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In a shocking move on Thursday (June 18), CD Projekt RED announced it had pushed back Cyberpunk 2077 once more to November 2020. 

Previously, the game was planned for a September 17 release, and now it's been delayed an additional two months. CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski and head of studio Adam Badowski explained their thoughts behind the delay in a tweet from the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account.

"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," the pair wrote. "And despite that 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.

The notice went on to confirm that the game is complete, but the team still believes there is work to do on making sure it all runs smoothly.

"At the time we are writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise. The quests, the cutscenes, the skills and items; all the adventures Night City has to offer—it’s all there. But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics, and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out and we will spend the additional time doing exactly that."

Now, Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on November 19. Hopefully that will end up being the last of the delays. We'll keep our fingers crossed for when we'll be able to finally get our hands on the game to bring you our thoughts. 

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    June 18, 2020 9:10 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Cyberpunk 2077 release date delayed once more to November

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      June 18, 2020 9:11 AM

      Oh boy. Seems there might be trouble with the game. Maybe it didn't come out the way they planned.

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        June 18, 2020 9:15 AM

        The Witcher 3 got 3 delays and it wasn’t developed during a global pandemic.

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        June 18, 2020 9:25 AM

        ......

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        June 18, 2020 10:03 AM

        And you think that their plan is to fix it in... 8 weeks?

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          June 18, 2020 10:14 AM

          Yup.

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            June 18, 2020 10:32 AM

            They gotta bleed the brass from the soil pipe and tighten up the flow control valve in order for the wye fitting to work right. Takes 8 weeks.

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          June 18, 2020 10:28 AM

          Gotta tighten up the graphics on level 3.

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          June 18, 2020 2:50 PM

          8 more weeks. It may just be that they've been well on their way to getting it all wrapped up and just realized they need a bit more time. If their list of things to fix isn't super long 8 weeks may be plenty of time to get it right.

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            June 18, 2020 4:29 PM

            My point is that a 2 month delay is a final polishing pass before release. It's not enough time to fix fundamental issues in the design or content of the game.

            They're one of the richest publishers in Europe. They have one development studio. The company is publicly traded, but I believe the founders still have a controlling stake in the company. They have the money to delay further if necessary, and since they only release a product once every 5 years, they should be strongly incentivized not to pump out a turd.

            That doesn't mean they can't make dumb choices and pump out a shitty game, but a 2 month delay doesn't seem like a strong indicator that anything is wrong.

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              June 18, 2020 4:34 PM

              I think we’re saying the same thing then. An 8 week delay is an indication that there’s just more issues on their big list to fix than they would have been able to get to. They’re not going to be making huge changes at this point.

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          June 18, 2020 3:12 PM

          Isn't that how we got Anthem?

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        June 18, 2020 11:06 AM

        I don't even know what that's supposed to mean/allude to.

        Like, the game has been in development for at least six years, games see small or even moderate delays frequently, and also there's uh... a global pandemic that has interrupted productivity a bit even in places not as dumb as the USA.

        "Oh noes, we fucked it up... Better redo the entire 6 years of work in the next 5 months!"

        Honestly, I hope this delay is just to prevent crunch, it probably isn't, but fuck crunch.

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          June 18, 2020 11:32 AM

          It’s too convenient that it’s getting delayed to the release of the new consoles. It’s got to be the reason.

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            June 18, 2020 11:36 AM

            Oh sure that would also make sense. I just don't understand what TrOn is getting at.

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        June 18, 2020 12:04 PM

        Or maybe just their staff working from home is causing it to go slower than they originally planned

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          June 18, 2020 5:03 PM

          Someone keeps forgetting to close the word document on the share drive for others to edit.

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      June 18, 2020 9:16 AM

      Not really surprised I bet a lot of games scheduled for late Summer or Fall will be delayed.

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      June 18, 2020 9:16 AM

      I am gonna guess March 2021

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      June 18, 2020 9:19 AM

      so March 2021, got it.

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      June 18, 2020 9:26 AM

      It sure hope that game comes out before I die.

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      June 18, 2020 9:34 AM

      And I assume and imagine this is directly tied to the new consoles coming out. Of course it is. So I blame Sony and MS.

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        June 18, 2020 9:43 AM

        i would be pretty happy if it was to get strong new console releases, given how many people will be playing there

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        June 18, 2020 3:07 PM

        I don't think they have announced ps5 or xsx versions though

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          June 18, 2020 5:04 PM

          It'll be Smart Delivery for XBSX so if you have it for XB1 then it'll work with upgraded visuals on XBSX.

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            June 18, 2020 5:50 PM

            But they haven’t committed to the actual same date I don’t think

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      June 18, 2020 9:42 AM

      noooooooo but ok make it amazing at whatever cost

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      June 18, 2020 9:44 AM

      Fuck, pushed back 2 months?

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      June 18, 2020 9:46 AM

      Fuck, they are panicking, the game is gonna be terrible, called it!
      (did i cover them all?)

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        June 18, 2020 9:59 AM

        I doubt it, this happened with WItcher 3 as well..

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          June 18, 2020 10:00 AM

          Watcherxp might have possibly been displaying what we call sarcasm.

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          June 18, 2020 5:05 PM

          I scheduled my vacation just after they made the first delay for Witcher 3 and it got delayed again like 3 weeks which put it outside my two weeks I planned.

          I just called a friend in SoCal up and we went to Disneyland together.

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      June 18, 2020 9:48 AM

      For some reason I thought it was already delayed until April 2021, so this is amazing news!

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        June 18, 2020 10:48 AM

        I wouldn't get my hopes up, April 2021 sounds about right!

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      June 18, 2020 9:58 AM

      Fuuuuuuuuuck

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      June 18, 2020 9:59 AM

      Welp. Time to cancel that vacation time.

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      June 18, 2020 10:04 AM

      That's fine. I'm not playing until I have a 3080ti/3090/whateveritwillbecalled.

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        June 18, 2020 10:14 AM

        ^^^ ditto.

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        June 18, 2020 10:36 AM

        yep

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        June 18, 2020 10:44 AM

        Or PS5/XSX. It'll run like shit on PS4 Pro.

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        June 18, 2020 10:50 AM

        same here, don't mind waiting a bit.

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        June 18, 2020 10:53 AM

        SIGNED. all fine on waiting to match up the game with a new card. 144hz gsync monitor at 1440p, corei9, the rig is working great. however it's on a 1080ti which is gonna be the bottle neck for that game.

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        June 18, 2020 11:54 AM

        same, but i wouldnt have had the self control to not play it so this helps lol

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        June 18, 2020 12:02 PM

        I plan on breaking in whatever Navi flavor I go with on this game. I never played the Witcher 3 because fantasy open-world just wasn't appealing to me, but cyberpunk is a whole different story.

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        June 18, 2020 1:44 PM

        Yeah I’m planning to play this on the XboxSX. (There needs to be a better way to say that)

        It feels like a big screen game

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        June 18, 2020 5:05 PM

        My plan is the 3090 and a LG CX48. Probably get them both between August and September.

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        June 18, 2020 6:04 PM

        Ding ding ding

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      June 18, 2020 10:06 AM

      More time to acquire 3080/3090

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      June 18, 2020 10:38 AM

      As if we'll want to play video games 2 weeks after the US elections.

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      June 18, 2020 10:48 AM

      What will the Factorio devs do now?

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        June 18, 2020 10:50 AM

        Also, is it hammer time?

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      June 18, 2020 10:49 AM

      Good, release it when it's done please.

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      June 18, 2020 10:52 AM

      The fact that they are stressed about letting journalist play it is a bit concerning to me. Doesn't seem like they have much confidence. If they get some negative feedback, or anything less than stellar it could delay the game indefinitely.

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        June 18, 2020 10:56 AM

        Where are you getting that they're any more stressed than any other artist sharing their work?

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          June 18, 2020 10:59 AM

          Yeah, this just reads the same as as any person showing off a piece of work for the first time.

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        June 18, 2020 10:58 AM

        I don't think there's a way to avoid being stressed with the level of hype and demand on the game.

        There's probably a lot of new/interesting mechanics that people might not grab onto at first.

        I have faith in those guys though.

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          June 18, 2020 11:32 AM

          Yeah that's true! I just hope the previews come out positive on June 25, and we'll know the game is on track! It's been hard, but I've avoided all trailers and previews because I want to go in completely fresh.

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        June 18, 2020 10:59 AM

        You are reading too much into this

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        June 18, 2020 11:30 AM

        🙄

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        June 18, 2020 11:35 AM

        They are tempering expectations much like they constantly reiterate everything is wip and not representative of the final product in gameplay videos. This is marketing 101, theyre not gonna be going around saying cp2077 is gonna make you its bitch

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        June 18, 2020 11:52 AM

        Previews and reviews have a massive impact on game sales, so it's absolutely something that every single developer and publisher stresses about no matter the game

        There's also this whole fucking charade of having to disproportionally polish segments of the game that will be used in previews, which is bad for developer morale, and bad for the final product, which is its own point of stress. This is why you'll see a lot of games with their "E3 level" which is multiple degrees better polished than the rest of the game, when pretty much everyone working on the game would have preferred to spend that effort evenly polishing the whole game rather than making one level really good at the cost of all others.

        Game development is hard and a mess and a lot of this stuff isn't even bad management or anything; it's just how the whole industry works and you kind of just have to play the game if you're working on games at this level of budget

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        June 18, 2020 11:58 AM

        No, that's a pretty natural reaction from devs who've been working on a thing for years and then the press plays it for the first time, even if you've made a GOTY contender.

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          June 18, 2020 1:40 PM

          The first trailer for this game debuted in 2014 I think. And probably at that point they were already deep in development. They’ve been working on this for a long time.

          I wonder how you set a graphical goal for a game that’s so far out when you begin. Do they just keep making it look better or do you plan for stuff that doesn’t exist?

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      June 18, 2020 11:37 AM

      Cyberpunk will most likely be a really good game. It likely will not be the second coming of Christ like a lot of people want / expect it to be.

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      June 18, 2020 1:28 PM

      Looks like its now going to release right in the PS5/XSX release window. Interesting to see if they have native next gen versions available on that day, wonder if that was part of the delay?

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        June 18, 2020 1:56 PM

        I've convinced myself it is.

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        June 18, 2020 2:16 PM

        They already said they won't until later, but said that the Xbox version would be upwards compatible to series x. This is a regular delay on top of that.

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      June 18, 2020 1:40 PM

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      June 18, 2020 1:41 PM

      This is how I feel right now
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFtZX1vK8N0&t=10s

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      June 18, 2020 1:59 PM

      Mr.sleepy:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

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      June 18, 2020 2:07 PM

      Note that both delays happened 91 days before their proposed release dates. I assume they have some sort of internal t-minus 90 day review process. If they can’t hit their milestones for that period then they scrap the launch and push back.

      I assume this is the last delay but watch September

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      June 18, 2020 2:43 PM

      SHOCKED. SHOCKED I TELL YOU. It’s fine, we’ve waited this long already. More time for nextgen hardware to be available.

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      June 18, 2020 2:49 PM

      I hope this means it's now a Xbox Series X launch title.

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      June 18, 2020 3:11 PM

      Oh no, probably great game is going to be polished to be more likely to be great.

      They're adding more robodicks.

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        June 18, 2020 4:39 PM

        They're adding fiveskins to the robodicks

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          June 18, 2020 5:51 PM

          Because fourskins weren't enough

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          June 18, 2020 6:03 PM

          I think some dude got banned from resetera from suggesting he's gonna make some futanari character

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            June 18, 2020 6:18 PM

            That's the greatest promised feature! Stupid thing to ban somebody for.

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      June 18, 2020 3:14 PM

      This just means they found some kind of bug that the bean counters decided it was worth fixing now instead of in a patch. Which means it was too likely reviewers would hit it and tank their review scores because of it. Or, it means marketing wasn't ready in time given the pandemic.

      So, ya, really this is probabl a marketing delay ultimately.

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      June 18, 2020 4:58 PM

      Excellent excellent. Once more into January please.

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      June 18, 2020 5:00 PM

      Sweet, hopefully the new consoles are out by then

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      June 18, 2020 5:49 PM

      RIP mr. sleepy's dick!

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      June 18, 2020 7:25 PM

      From Wario64: Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable on PS5 and XSX on launch date, mentioned in CDPR investor call https://reddit.com/r/PS5/comments/hbokpc/cdpr_investor_call_confirms_cyberpunk_bc/

      It will look better than current gen versions from day 1 and will receive a more robust update in the future for next-gen, free of charge for PS4/XBO version


      https://twitter.com/Wario64/status/1273795046333018112

      Sony has done a poor job with messaging but we should assume that current-gen PS4 games will be cross-compatible with PS5 and effectively run at a "high" setting to the PS4 Pro's "medium", basically what MS is doing with Smart Delivery.

      There will be a few exceptions, things like BluePoint's ground-up remaster of Bloodborne for PC and PS5 that won't run on PS4. For third party games with scalability baked in, I'm going to assume forwards-compatibility along with enhanced visuals for late-gen games.

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        June 18, 2020 7:51 PM

        You mean Demon's Souls.

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          June 18, 2020 8:10 PM

          No, I mean Bloodborne. Enough reputable sources have been independently saying that Bluepoint is working on a Bloodborne remaster for PS5 and PC that I'm inclined to believe it. It wasn't shown during the Sony event since it will also be on PC while Demon's Souls will be exclusive to PS5. The same sources also said that Demon's Souls would be shown during the Sony event.

          I assume the remaster won't work on PS4 since it fixes its inherent performance issues, adds 60fps, 4k, etc.

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        June 18, 2020 8:13 PM

        I'm really curious if you purchase PS4 version of CP2077, put the disc in a PS5.
        Do you end up, playing the same version that a PS5 owner gets? Ultimately? - that still seems unclear (or I'm misreading your post)

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          June 18, 2020 8:25 PM

          A PS4/XB1 version will install on a PS5/XSX, they will look better on PS5/XSX, and CDPR will later ship additional post-release updates that will make the game look even better.

          Its all the same game and disc though, which is the kind of cross-compatibility we should expect for the first couple years.

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        June 19, 2020 1:58 AM

        Shame they won't have the "robust" update for launch on XSX and PS5 though.

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      June 18, 2020 7:51 PM

      We need the mr. sleepy reaction, and some gofundme for a hammer for his penis.

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      June 18, 2020 7:51 PM

      SUCH A TEASE.

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