Cyberpunk 2077 for PS5 and Xbox Series X may miss 2021 release window

If you're waiting for the next-gen console versions of Cyberpunk 2077, you may be in for a slightly longer wait.

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If you're on PC, the rollout of Cyberpunk 2077 might have had some problems, but overall, it wasn't too bad. If you're on console, the game was... significantly worse... by a lot. Surely the Cyberpunk 2077 built for PS5 and Xbox Series X would look better, right? CD Projekt RED sure hopes so and they're taking no chances in these versions flaming out. However, that means they may need some more time in the oven and might not be ready for release in 2021.

"The target is to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 late this year," CDPR Senior Vice President Michael Nowakowski said during the company's latest earnings call (via Video Games Chronicle). "At the same time, keeping in mind the lessons we have learned during the past year and taking into account that this project still remains in development, we can't say with full certainty that the production schedule will not change."

On the surface, this might sound disappointing to next-gen console owners. However, let's not forget that this game was terribly broken, so much so that CDPR offered refunds on the old-gen console versions. On top of that, Sony outright pulled the game from the PlayStation Store, only recently relisting it. The bug list was so long, it's still being addressed to this day.

CDPR also has several other projects on its plate. On top of keeping a dedicated team on the current versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and squashing any remaining bugs, the team is also hard at work on The Witcher 3 for next-gen consoles. The earnings call indicated that The Witcher 3 Complete Edition is aiming for 2021, but may also be impacted and sent into 2022.

Ideally, the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 will release with minimal issues. Knock on wood. For now, CDPR is chugging along with patches and DLC, while also teasing the game's first expansion. There's a lot coming, so keep an eye on Shacknews for the latest updates.

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    September 1, 2021 11:50 AM

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      September 1, 2021 12:41 PM

      aww that sucks but not surprised.

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      September 1, 2021 12:44 PM

      not surprising. I do hope the witcher3 patch comes out this fall but im not holding my breath for that either.

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        September 1, 2021 12:47 PM

        I would be extra pissed if the Witcher 3 patch comes out before the promised cyberpunk patch.

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          September 1, 2021 12:49 PM

          i would imagine they have different teams working on it

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      September 1, 2021 12:46 PM

      What a bunch of bullshit. I am so pissed that I paid $60 bucks for the Xbox version.

      That company is a clown show.

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        September 1, 2021 12:49 PM

        why in god's name did you buy the last-gen version of a next-gen game? You sound surprised but you walked right into this with this purchasing decision.

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          September 1, 2021 3:35 PM

          The company flat out said they would have the next gen version ready in 1st quarter 2021 and that it would be a free upgrade. I bought it and played it, and it was absolutely unplayable even on my series X. I put it down at that point to wait for the next generation patch which was coming around the corner. It never came. They fucked up the messaging so bad on this.

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            September 1, 2021 3:46 PM

            They fucked up more than the messaging

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            September 1, 2021 4:18 PM

            im in the same boat. i still haven't played it. i feel betrayed.

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              September 1, 2021 4:22 PM

              when the next gen version launches if it's anything close to what RTX/DLSS people have gotten on PC it will be worth buying, glitches and all

              it really looks incredible on next gen hardware, which is so fucking hard to get that almost no one gets to see it =\

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            September 1, 2021 4:21 PM

            they said a lot of stuff about the game before launch that turned out to be bullshit

            i think you should know what you're paying for buying the last gen version but we both know you were fed a lot of lies about the quality of the game so ultimately it's CDPR's fault

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            September 1, 2021 4:26 PM

            You're not missing much. It's a mediocre game that if made by anyone else wouldn't have got nearly as much attention. The world looks nice but it's dead compared to open world games that came out years before it.

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              September 1, 2021 10:42 PM

              Hard disagree, I think a lot of what the game does is very very impressive, it's just unfinished and obviously cut a few corners

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                September 1, 2021 11:20 PM

                He's right, the open world systems are mediocre compared to even GTA San Andreas

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                  September 2, 2021 1:46 AM

                  Yeah, but then I always did play Mafia II for the story anyway. Though I do wish the missions had used the open world a bit better too.

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            September 1, 2021 5:19 PM

            It's been a bad year for everyone. It's just a game.

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            September 1, 2021 7:03 PM

            I'm giving some slack to most devs these days simply because of the current circumstances--you don't have to obviously but maybe at least consider that things outside their control have had a significant impact on progress.

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          September 1, 2021 3:39 PM

          Because they are giving next gen version for free to owner's of it.

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            September 1, 2021 5:15 PM

            Note that this special edition was announced in April with an original June release date and then pushed back to September, two months before CDPR finally shipped it unfinished.

            Sure sounds like Microsoft thought it was a last-gen game, Sony too

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            September 1, 2021 6:58 PM

            Yikes lol. Might as well have made a special edition Xbox 360.

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          September 1, 2021 6:00 PM

          FWIW, it currently plays acceptably on a last gen console. My base Xbox One runs it with 1.3 fine

          http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=40822110

          I know it was absolutely not this way at launch and I’ve never played it prior to 1.3 but it’s not like it was literally impossible that this game would run well on existing consoles.

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      September 1, 2021 12:50 PM

      Good, it shouldn't be released until the DEVS not the upper management dumbasses decide it is ready.

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      September 1, 2021 2:29 PM

      Cool I'll buy this for 5 bucks in 2 years

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        September 1, 2021 4:24 PM

        It was 10 bucks at Bestbuy 2 weeks ago. Can’t beat that.

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          September 1, 2021 4:43 PM

          with steelcase might I add! my copy shall wait.

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        September 1, 2021 8:33 PM

        Yeah is this the greatest botch job in gaming history?

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          September 1, 2021 8:52 PM

          Debatable for sure but Sim City 2013 is still probably worse considering they also didn’t have the valid excuse of a pandemic and then later a significant security breach to contend with.

          Cyberpunk is a game that was released half baked and not optimized and Q&A’d for consoles. It’s very much a management/leadership failure likely exacerbated by them not being realistic and/or ignoring the impacts the pandemic had on an already behind development and just pushing it anyway.

          But, some people could play it on PC and a number of people did enjoy it there even with some of the open world jank. That’s setting aside whether you think it is or isn’t a great game if you remove the technical issues.

          SimCity 2013 was simply unplayable and honestly worse of a debacle than cyberpunk, it’s just that cyberpunk had more hype around it going into it’s release.

          Anyway you cut it, cyberpunk definitely is in the top 5 of all time launch screw ups for a high profile game.

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            September 1, 2021 9:02 PM

            I will say separately, Cyberpunk 100% is a case study in marketing a game and managing expectations that anyone in the business should study closely. Both for its successes in managing to build up interest in a game(the good) but also completely fail in communicating effectively and without bullshit what the game and its systems really are. In reality, all bugs aside, it’s just a prettier version of something that already exists with an interesting(but very trope filled) core story. There is very little that cyberpunk is doing that is new, and in fact it is somewhat dated in a lot of ways outside of its visuals.

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              September 2, 2021 3:26 AM

              Yeah the expectations were immense but most of the blame is on the developer because they kept hyping it during the years.

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      September 1, 2021 4:24 PM

      Anyone bummed about not getting to play the real version of Cyberpunk right now should be playing The Ascent

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        September 1, 2021 4:43 PM

        Did this ever get fixed on gamepass? was waiting till rtx/dlss worked but kind of forgot

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          September 1, 2021 11:35 PM

          yeah they eventually got the RTX patch approved. still lots of stuttering and it's generally about 2wks behind the steam version but goddamn is it pretty.

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      September 1, 2021 5:21 PM

      And nothing was lost. Be glad.

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      September 1, 2021 7:48 PM

      Can't say that I blame CDPR for making sure they stick the landing on release.

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      September 1, 2021 8:43 PM

      Shame they didn’t do this with the game’s release in the first place. What is going to make me laugh is if they try to ask full launch price to new buyers for this when the next gen console versions finally do come out.

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        September 1, 2021 11:38 PM

        It'll be whatever price it is when this comes out. It's a free update for prior gen console owners. You can buy it on sale between now and release and still get it.

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