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Cyberpunk 2077's next expansion set for 2023 release

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED announced the release date for its forthcoming expansion has been moved to a 2023 release date.
Cyberpunk 2077's next expansion set for 2023 release
CD Projekt Red announced a change in plans for its scheduled post-launch content for its action RPG, Cyberpunk 2077. This news comes following a recent earnings call held by the studio to discuss their financial year and studio results.

The earnings call lifted the curtain on the production plans for Cyberpunk 2077, revealing what the studio has planned for the year. While planned support for the game will continue throughout the year, this forced them to push back the release of its expansion to 2023.

CD Projekt Red pushes back next Cyberpunk 2077 DLC to 2023

Cyberpunk 2077 developer, CD Projekt Red, announced that the planned expansion for their action RPG will be pushed back to 2023. The studio had to reprioritise its content roadmap for the game following its controversial release in 2020, forcing them to sideline planned and developed content.

The studio's President, Adam Kicinski, revealed this during the studio's earnings call on 14th April 2022. According to Kicinski, "We want to keep growing and operate more effectively – thus, we've set out to improve our development and communications processes while also placing greater emphasis on our team."

"As part of the RED 2.0 transformation initiative, we're gradually introducing our developers to the Agile work model. While much remains to be done, we can already see positive effects brought about by these changes," Kicinski stated.

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The studio will continue to provide further support for Cyberpunk 2077 in 2022. (Picture: CD Projekt RED)

Since then, the studio has focused on releasing significant patch updates to resolve the myriad of issues players experienced across multiple platforms. This included the massive 1.5 patch update, which brought a considerable quality of life improvements and next-generation updates for the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 consoles.

This recent announcement of pushing back its planned expansion will see the studio work on developing the content this year. Additionally, they will be continuing to provide extensive support for the game, which alludes to future patch updates planned for the game.

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CD Projekt RED is working on development for the forthcoming expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, which they'll release next year. (Picture: CD Projekt RED)

Cyberpunk fans weren't too thrilled with the announcement, as many cited that they would have to wait much longer for the expansion to be released. Some hoped that the extra time given towards developing the content would allow the studio to polish the game and present a stable expansion to the public.

One player made a good point regarding the expansion's release, tweeting that should the studio opt to launch it this year, "You'd be the first to moan if they released it early and it was rushed". Another player hopes that the expansion will be massive in scale, tweeting, "Look at their previous expansions... It'll be huge just like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine was."

The studio will be working on new Witcher content, including a new game utilising the Unreal Engine 5, additional support for related mobile games and the next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Furthermore, they've teased that they're working on "conceptual and research work" for a few original IPs planned for the studio.

This latest announcement should keep fans optimistic that the studio has prioritised further support while working on post-launch content for Cyberpunk 2077. This comes on the back of a monumental milestone for the game has sold more than 18 million copies worldwide since its launch in December 2020.

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Featured image courtesy of CD Projekt RED.