Cyberpunk 2077 feels like the game that just keeps getting away. Originally set to release in April of this year, the massively-hyped open-world RPG got hit with a delay at the start of 2020, pushing it back from April to September. It was just a few weeks ago that developer CD Projekt Red revealed they were still on track for the September 17th release date, leading us all to believe that this would indeed be the case. Sadly, though understandably, the game has been delayed yet again. The delay is thankfully not a result of anything crazy like COVID-19, but rather, an attempt for the studio to give Cyberpunk more time in the oven as it were.

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The news was dropped via Cyberpunk's official Twitter page. "At the time we are writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise," the post reads. "The quests, the cutscenes, the skills and items; all the adventures Night City has to offer - it's all there. But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics, and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out and we will spend the additional time doing exactly that." It's a smart move on their part; pushing out a buggy game that hasn't been streamlined just to meet that release date deadline would've hit the game hard critically. Judging by the sheer scope of Cyberpunk 2077, there's likely a lot of ground for the team to cover still. Even so, various journalists are getting their hands on a preview build of the game, all of which will go live on June 25th. This will ensure we get to see the near-finished product in action; a little something to sate us until November rolls around.

This delay just so happens to place Cyberpunk 2077 in a weird spot: Right around the start of next-gen. While no official dates have been announced, Microsoft and Sony are both planning to launch the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 sometime this holiday season. Sensing this very question from coming up, CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski divulged a few additional details about the game's release and how it would gel with old and new consoles. According to him, the game will be playable on both current-gen and next-gen consoles right from launch. Microsoft already has a system in place (Smart Delivery) that ensures gamers who buy the current-gen version can upgrade for free to the next-gen copy, though it's unknown if Sony will do something similar. Even so, CD Projekt plans to put out an update for the game sometime in 2021 that will make the next-gen versions more "robust". The plan is to provide this update free of charge to anyone who owns the current-gen versions of Cyberpunk. So, don't fear too much about it if you're on the fence.

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Cyberpunk 2077 will now release on November 19th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. The ports for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will likely coincide with whatever release dates get set for those consoles. A Stadia release is also planned by the end of the year. Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt's next big game after the success of 2015's Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game sees us taking the role of a customizable mercenary named V, who travels through the futuristic cyberpunk locale of Night City. Cyberpunk will feature many in-depth RPG mechanics to make the playthrough fit your style as much as possible. V can become anything from a lethal melee bruiser to a stealthy hacker. The entire game can be played either lethally or non-lethally if preferred. While the delay is unfortunate news (especially after the other one), it does mean the finished product will be the best it possibly can. And really, that's all we ever truly want.

Tanner
Tanner

Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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