Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most anticipated titles of 2020, has again been postponed. Now the game is scheduled for release on December 10, three weeks after the originally planned delivery date.
CD Projekt Red, the studio behind The Witcher III, announced the new release date on its social media accounts on Tuesday. Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwinski, the board of the Polish developer and publisher, wrote a detailed note to the fans of the game and explained why they had to postpone the release for the third time.
Here is the full explanation:
“Today we have decided to postpone the release date of Cyberpunk 2077 by 21 days. There are probably a lot of emotions and questions in your heads, so please accept our humble apology first of all.
The biggest challenge for us right now is to deliver the game to the current generation, the next generation and the PC at the same time, so we have to prepare and test 9 versions of it while working from home. As Cyberpunk 2077 has almost become a next generation title, we have to make sure that everything works well and that each version runs smoothly. We are aware that it may seem unrealistic to hear someone say that 21 days can make a difference in such an extensive and complex game, but they really do.
Some of you may also wonder what these words mean when we say that we became gold champions some time ago. Passing the certification, or “Going Gold”, means that the game is finished, can be completed, and has all the content included. But it does not mean that we stop working on it and raise the quality standards. On the contrary, this is the time when many improvements are made, which are then distributed via a tag-0 patch. This is the period of time we underestimated.
We feel that we have an amazing game in our hands and we’re ready to make any decision, even the most difficult one, if it ultimately leads to a video game you’ll fall in love with”.
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– Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020
As already mentioned, this is the third time that CD Projekt Red has announced a postponement of Cyberpunk 2077. The game was originally announced at E3 2019 with a release date in April 2020, before it was moved to September 2020 and then again to November 19.
The news of the latest delay comes a month after a Bloomberg report said that CD Project Red had imposed a six-day work week on its staff in the weeks leading up to the now-canceled November release of Cyberpunk 2077.
The fans called on CD Projekt Red to reschedule the game again after the Bloomberg report, so as not to force employees to work overtime to ensure that the game would be released on time.
This reported new order stems from Iwinski’s 2019 promise that the studio would avoid “crunch”, an industry term for excessive overtime in game development, and not force its employees to work overtime.
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