The developer announced Cyberpunk 2077 will move from its original 16 April release date to 17 September 2020.
A post from CD Projekt Red reads: “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 crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.
“Expect more regular updates on progress as we get closer to the new release date.”
We have important news regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release date we’d like to share with you today. pic.twitter.com/aWdtR0grYV— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) January 16, 2020
It’s a pretty significant delay, and while bittersweet considering how long we’ve waited already, it’ll undoubtedly make for a better experience.
It’s been the third big 2020 release to be delayed this week, after Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII remake and Marvel’s Avengers had been pushed back too.
Following the delay, CD Projekt Red’s vice president of business development Michal Nowakowski explained in an investor Q&A (first spotted by Polygon) how the game’s multiplayer component likely won’t release until after 2021.
Speaking at the Q&A, Michal stated “2021 appears unlikely as a release date for the Cyberpunk multiplayer” considering the main game’s delay. Interestingly, he also described the multiplayer as a “triple-A release” being developed at the same time as the single-player.
Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Witcher 3, which is often praised as one of the best RPGs ever.
The delay does clear up space for other releases in April, with Resident Evil 3 remake, Final Fantasy VII remake, and Trials Of Mana all set for that month.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world RPG where you explore metropolis Night City, which also features a starring role from actor Keanu Reeves.
Cyberpunk 2077 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC on 17 September 2020.