Earlier this week the social media handles of CyberPunk 2077 released a statement from CDProjekt Red's Studio Head Adam Badowski and Co-Founder Marcin Iwiński stating the launch of CyberPunk is being moved from September 17 to November 19.
We have decided to move the launch of Cyberpunk 20177 from September 17 to November 19.
Those of you who are familiar with the way we make games know that we won't ship something which is not ready. "Ready when it's done" is not just a phrase we say because it sound right, it's something we live by even when we know we'll take the heat for it. At the same time, we are fully aware that making such a decision costs us your trust and trading trust for additional time is one of the hardest decisions a game developer can make. And despite we think it's the right decision for the game, we'd still like to apologize for making you wait longer. Our intention is to make Cyberpunk 2077 something that will stay with you for years to come. In the end, we hope you understand why we did what we did.
At the time we are writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise. The quests, the cutscenes, the skills and items; all the adventure 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.
The week, journalists from all over the world are starting to independently play the game. We are eager (and quite stressed) to hear their opinions, as well as see your reactions when they publish their previews right after we air Night City Wire on the 25th of June. We hope this will satisfy some of your hunger for the game as we work to polish it for the November launch.
This is the second delay in a game which was initially announced for an April 2020 release. What is most unusual is that the new release date sits right around the corner of the release of Xbox Series X, Microsoft's next generation console and the PlayStation 5. It would be a huge coincidence that the game is now aiming for a shared release window with next-gen consoles due to 'bug fixing' considering the fact the CDPR investor call from 18 June 2020 confirms that Cyberpunk 2077 will have a free day 1 upgrade patch for the PlayStation 5.
Industry insider Wario64's tweet gives insights into the investor call which claims CyberPunk will look better on next-gen consoles on day 1. Later on the social media handles of CyberPunk 2077 confirmed the fact that the game will indeed be backwards compatible with next-gen consoles. It also states that the PS4 copy will work on the PS5. Also anyone who buys the game on Xbox One will be able to play their copy on Xbox Series X when it launched.
We are happy to confirm that Cyberpunk 2077 will be backwards compatible with both next-gen consoles! Your PS4 copy of the game will work on PS5 on launch day. Anyone who buys the game on Xbox One will be able to play their copy on Xbox Series X when the console launches too! - CyberPunk 2077
I refuse to believe that the game which was now 3 months away from its designated launch date got pushed back another 2 months due to fixing gameplay bugs and coincidentally the launch date is now around the vicinity of next-gen console release.
CDPR also confirms that users who buy digital versions of the game are also eligible for a free digital copy on next-gen consoles. CDPR are known to show their gratitude to loyal fans with free upgrades, in-game content, DLCs which match the magnitude of full games so its very common for them to offer free next-gen copies to users who buy CyberPunk 2077 on current-gen consoles.
This is a quality I admire the most about the studio, their passion to stay connected with their fanbase unlike studios like Rockstar who are now about to re-release Grand Theft Auto V, a game initially released for the PS3, re-released with no additional content for the PS4 and now being released again (remastered) for the PlayStation 5. The trailer for GTA V's PS5 release has now garnered over 70,000 dislikes on YouTube making it Rockstar's first trailer with a higher dislike count than the amount of likes and making it their most disliked game trailer ever.
Personally although I'm bummed, I still am looking forward to playing CyberPunk 2077 when it comes out in November, whether or not I will play it on a PS5 first really depends on the launch title of the PS5. If there is not a compelling launch title I prefer buying Xbox Series X at launch which will come with Halo Infinite.