The much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, which was initially slated for release in April, has been pushed back to September.
Excitement for the dark, sci-fi, first person role playing game game began back in 2013, with the release of a teaser trailer.
But in a tweet developers CD Projekt RED, whose previous works include The Witcher series, revealed the reasons for the delay, stating:
“We have important news regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release date we’d like to share with you today. Cyberpunk 2077 won’t make the April release window and we’re moving the launch date to September 17, 2020.
“We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done. 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. We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowing achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.
“Expect more regular update on progress as we get closer to the new release date.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing you in Night City, thank you for your ongoing support!
“Marcin Iwinski & Adam Baowski.”
An impressive 48 minute gameplay reveal video was released in August 2018, introducing us to the dangerous future metropolis of Night City.
A world obsessed with power, violence, and extensive cyber body modification. The trailer showed off the spectacular world, gun play and mechanics that will feature in the game.
At E3 2019 hype for the game reached new levels, when the Xbox E3 briefing revealed Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves was not only presenting the briefing of the game, but that he was starring in it. Reeves’s character is called Johnny Silverhand – an iconic character from the original Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop role-playing game by Mike Pondsmith, which was released in 1988.
A cinematic trailer was also presented to demonstrate not only the cutting edge graphics of the game but the rich narrative of the game.
Since then Cyberpunk 2077 has been on most gamers and gaming outlets most wanted lists, with everyone salivating over the trailers, screenshot and the impending release date.
Most fan reactions to the news of the delay have been positive, with many agreeing that they would rather the game is in its best possible state for release rather than rushed out.
With many games developers forced to adhere to strict rushed deadline or “crunch”, sometimes leading to lacklustre or mediocre results, it’s reassuring to see some prioritise quality.