CD Projekt Still Intends to Release Cyberpunk 2077 in September
I think it's no overstatement to say that 2020 has been an extremely rough, uncertain year. It seems like so long ago that we didn't have to worry about a global pandemic, yet here we are. The entire world has been drastically affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and that remains no truer a reality than for game developers. Thanks to the nature of the job, many developers and studios have begun working remotely from home in order to maintain progress in these trying times. This also holds true for CD Projekt, the guys, and gals behind the hit Witcher series. Many have been concerned that the outbreak would impact Cyberpunk 2077's release date, but according to CD Projekt, this won't be the case.
In a retrospective post made on their official website, CD Projekt looks back on their financial performance in 2019, and where that leaves them in 2020 with their ongoing projects and the coronavirus pandemic. "Our plans haven't changed - we're steaming towards the September release of Cyberpunk," states CD Projekt's Adam Kiciński in the report. "There is no shortage of motivation and we also possess all the tools needed to facilitate remote work. We've been operating in this mode for over three weeks and to-date results confirm that we can carry on with all our operations without major disruptions." The post goes on to discuss other ways in which the studio has been staying on top of things, such as having an abundant amount of cash reserved and avoiding any outstanding debts. The end of 2019 was a particularly good period for them, thanks to no doubt in part to the smashing success of Netflix's Witcher adaptation, which fueled popularity for the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Just in case that posting wasn't enough to calm everyone's paranoia, CD Projekt head Adam Badowski took to Twitter to reveal that the game has already been rated by most major companies around the world. For those who don't know, rating games is an often lengthy and intense process and one that often goes unnoticed. Behind the scenes, this process is what determines what kind of content really lies within a game, and who all it should be deemed appropriate for. For games launching internationally, this process takes even longer. From the sounds of it, then, Cyberpunk 2077 is on the fast track to release. None of this is for certain, mind you. The game already got delayed once this year, being pushed back from April to September, and it's hard telling what could happen in the middle of this pandemic, but things are looking positive.
The same can't be said for some other major games that have been impacted by the crisis. Most notably, Naughty Dog's hotly-anticipated The Last of Us Part 2 got hit by an indefinite delay due to the pandemic. It was originally slated for a May release, but as of right now, it's to be determined. Iron Man VR met a similar fate. The world is a very uncertain place right now, and when it comes to shipping games, many factors have to be considered. Countries around the globe are doing what they can to flatten the curve on the pandemic, and working from home is just one of the many ways to do so. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on September 17th for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. It marks CD Projekt's biggest game since the Witcher 3 and promises a very detailed cyberpunk setting blended with RPG and FPS mechanics.