The release of Cyberpunk 2077 was within our grasp. On April 16, the action role-playing game from CD Projekt Red should be released worldwide for PC and consoles. Nothing will come of it. As the developers have announced, the release of Cyberpunk 2077 will be postponed by a full five months to September 17th, 2020. 

Waiting for summer with a story-intensive action RPG - it could have been so beautiful. Now CD Projekt Red via Twitter with that the release of Cyberpunk 2077 has to be postponed to September. Accordingly, the game is in a finished and playable state, but there is still a lot of work to be done. After all: Until the release, the developers want to publish “regular updates” on the development status.

Night City: Complex location requires fine-tuning

According to CD Projekt, the time gained by the postponement of the release date will be used for play tests, bug fixes and fine-tuning. Cyberpunk 2077 is a complex design project, not least because of the “Night City” packed with content. There are “many stories, content and accessible locations” waiting for the players. Because of the "sheer size and complexity", developers simply need more time to fine-tune it.

Cyberpunk 2077 is said to be the “crowning success of this generation” for CD Projekt Red. By postponing the release, they want to make the game perfect. The city “Night City”, which is currently demanding an intensive effort from the developers, is the scene of Cyberpunk 2077 and not as gloomy as many players suspected in advance. The demos shown so far were therefore partly surprising.

Night City can be gloomy - but it isn't always. Image rights: CD Projekt Red

Night City can be gloomy - but it isn't always. Image rights: CD Projekt Red

The city offers a completely independent history that will stretch over four epochs. The cityscape has also optically adapted to the conditions of the respective epoch, so that players can always see which buildings were erected and when.

A lot of work: “Crunch” is waiting for Cyberpunk 2077 despite the postponement

Despite the postponement of Cyberpunk 2077 to September 17th, there is still a lot of work waiting for the developers. Anyone who hoped to get around the almost obligatory “crunch” by extending the deadline will be disappointed. CD Projekt Red stated that employees will be waiting some overtime. They want to try to keep the “crunch” as low as possible, but extra shifts will probably be necessary in order to be able to release the game in September.

The developers have a busy time waiting for the release. Image rights: CD Projekt Red

The developers have a busy time waiting for the release. Image rights: CD Projekt Red

What sounds like a little extra work is common in the gaming industry, but it is feared. The “crunch” describes a rather unhealthy amount of additional work that occurs especially on the last few legs before the release of a video game.

It's no secret that the developers in the Warsaw and Krakow studios are already working hard on Cyberpunk 2077. So the developers have to do a lot so that the new release date can actually be kept. The postponement of the release also affects the multiplayer mode of Cyberpunk 2077. According to CD Projekt Red, it is unlikely that the multiplayer content will appear in 2021. It can be assumed that the free multiplayer supplement will be postponed to 2022.

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Although the release in September 2020 will be close to the releases of the next-gen consoles Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X CD Projekt Red currently has no plans to release Cyberpunk 2077 for these consoles as well.

Cyberpunk 2077 is still available for pre-order and will be released for PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Google Stadia.

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