Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September 17, multiplayer to 2022 as crunch debate resurges

    
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CD Project Red has just announced that its upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 title has been delayed from its original April release date – to September 17 of this year.

“We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s stll work to be done,” the tweeted message reads. “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.”

Now, this game is not an MMO, but it has confirmed that multiplayer is eventually coming, so we’ve been keeping an eye on it anyway. Also, it has Keanu. Everyone should be watching this.

“The plan for now is to deliver Cyberpunk 2077 in April, then follow up with DLCs (free!) and single player content, and — once we’re done — invite you for some multiplayer action,” the studio wrote last year.

Eh, we suppose this delay could be worse. It could be Skull & Bones.

Source: Twitter. Cheers, Hawks!
Update
Yeah, this gets worse for multiplayer fans: Apparently, the multiplayer component has been delayed even further. “Given the expected release of Cyberpunk 2077 in September, and frankly speaking of the series of events we expect to occur after that date, 2021 appears unlikely as a release date for the Cyberpunk multiplayer,” CDPR’s Michal Nowakowski admitted on this afternoon’s investor call.
Update
And lest you think that the delay means respite for crunched and overworked devs…

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Jack Kerras

‘Crunch debate’, huh.

Not ‘definitely-incorrect course of action which would be abolished wholesale if game developers had any capacity to organize whatsoever’.

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kelvar

Wait… the game is delayed until September, but they are working extra long hours to deliver it before the September release date?

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Schmidt.Capela

The only thing preventing me from pre-ordering this game is the lack of 3rd person PoV. Otherwise it looks fantastic, and I very much prefer the “release it when it’s done” philosophy; as someone far smarter than me once said, a late game is only late until it releases, but a bad game is bad forever.

(I know, not strictly true anymore, but even now redemption stories are few and far between.)

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Armsbend

why pre-order?

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Schmidt.Capela

To show support for the devs. CD Projekt Red might be the single one big dev (as in, not an indie with less than a dozen employees) that deserves that nowadays.

That, though, assumes I’m willing to pay full price for the game. Which is something I never extend to games that only offer me a first person perspective for much of its gameplay, such as Cyberpunk 2077; first person PoV means a lot less situational awareness, which sharply reduces how much I enjoy combat, and besides I don’t think I’ve ever seen satisfying melee combat in first person.

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zuldar

CD Projekt Red might be the single one big dev (as in, not an indie with less than a dozen employees) that deserves that nowadays.

If the delay was so that the developers wouldn’t have to deal with crunch I’d be more inclined to agree with you. They’re still better than many other companies, but this is something they need to address.

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rafael12104

Heh. They could have just said, “it won’t be ready on time but will let you know” and I would be fine with it.

Good cred is rare in the video game world but it goes a long way.

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jinarra

Notoriously excellent researchers at City of Heroes fansite/MMO News Source Massively OP had only this to say when contacted:
“Aw nuts.” -Iam McNewswriter
“Darn.” -Notreal Lee Aname
“Well that’s not good, but it’s better than the studio going into crunch” -Jim Sterling, Probably, Who Doesn’t Even Work Here

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jinarra

I should not be writing jokes while sleep deprived.

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Utakata

“You don’t say.” – Pigg Tayld Commentor o.O

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Alberto

AND I called this when they announced it Last year , the game is too complicated too rich in “Things that can Go wrong with an Open World”..but this is actually a Good thing as it means they aren’t just trying to push it out and Patch it later attitude that Most games studios have. Looking forward to this and Vampire the Masq II, which was also delayed about 6 months.

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NeoWolf

I’m okay with this in all honesty, I’d sooner it was ready and done right than rushed and ruined.

All is well.

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wratts

I’ve been surprised by the relatively few trailers, demos, even presentations I’ve seen on this 3 months before launch, so not terribly surprised. Just the way the yearly schedule works, I play more in Fall and Winter anyway, and maybe releasing in September means they’ll be forced to put it on discount in November with everyone else. Get it close to launch cheaper this way in my view

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Carebear

Will this be like “Witcher” or more like “GTA”?

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Danny Smith

Good. Theres been strong rumours that its had a fair few technical problems and the stuff already shown was going the route of the Bioshock Infinite Bullshot trailer. Give them time to iron that shit out. I want first person witcher 3, not first person gta.