UPDATE: In a case of history repeating itself, Bandai Namco has announced it will be distributing Cyberpunk 2077 for CD Projekt RED in Europe. The highly anticipated sci-fi role-playing game follows in the footsteps of The Witcher 3 in being dual-published by Bandai Namco in Europe and Warner Bros in North America.
“Our current distribution partnership with BANDAI NAMCO is built on the strong foundation and trust developed during our previous projects,” said Michal Nowakowski, CD Projekt’s SVP of business development. “We’ve successfully cooperated on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and I’m convinced Bandai Namco will take good care of Cyberpunk 2077.”
“CD Projekt RED has become, in just a few years, one of the leading studios in this sector with a truly innovative approach to each game and we are both proud and excited to confirm that we’ll be part of the Cyberpunk 2077 project,” said Alberto González Lorca, VP Southern Europe & Biz Dev of Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe. “We’re looking forward to working once again with CD Projekt RED and distribute another of its games in Europe, providing first-class services to one of the most eagerly awaited games of the coming years.”
Now, it's prediction time. Bandai Namco announced it would be publishing The Witcher 3 all the way back on October 28th, 2013. At the time, The Witcher 3 was planned to launch in 2014, was subsequently delayed to February 2015, and then eventually launched on May 19th, 2015. What a day that was. Anyway, between Bandai Namco's publishing announcement and the expected/actual release date of The Witcher 3, there was a gap of 12/18 months. That gave Bandai Namco a full, clear yet to spin up its marketing cycle in Europe, and we'd expect the plan is for Cyberpunk 2077 to operate along a similar timeline.
To that end, we anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 could be ready to launch during the period from Q4 2019 through to the first half of 2020.
Original Story: 04-Oct-2018 - CD Projekt RED Announces Cyberpunk 2077 Publishing Deal With Warner Bros
CD Projekt RED has announced a distribution deal with Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment for its highly anticipated sci-fi RPG, Cyberpunk 2077.
Now, before you start panicking and screaming about loot boxes from the rooftops, Warner Bros Interactive has already published The Witcher 2 and The Witcher 3 in North America, while Bandai Namco handled Europe. Both games ended up just fine with no direct publisher involvement, and we don’t expect Cyberpunk 2077 to be any different.
“We’ve worked with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and both releases turned out to be really successful, so we’re entering this new stage of our cooperation with great confidence,” says Michał Nowakowski, CD Projekt’s member of the board and SVP of business development. “Cyberpunk 2077 is our biggest and most ambitious project to date, and I’m really looking forward to all the amazing things we can achieve together.”
“CD Projekt RED is one of the best game development studios in the world and it’s great to be working with the team again,” said Kevin Kebodeaux, senior vice president, sales, Americas, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Cyberpunk 2077 is a standout title and we are expecting great things from our continued collaboration with CD Projekt RED.”
Presumably, Bandai Namco is going to be picking up European publishing duties once again, or, of course, you can just pick up the PC version of Cyberpunk 2077 directly from CD Projekt RED through GOG.com. I’m sure none of you will be pirating that DRM-free goodness, naturally.
The press release for this announcement also reiterates that Cyberpunk 2077 will be launching on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at an undisclosed date. We’ll eat our hat if this one isn’t coming to the next-gen consoles as well.
While in and of itself, none of this will have a great impact on anyone, it does at least signal one tantalising step closer to Cyberpunk 2077 actually being in our hands. With a distribution deal done and dusted, could it be time to fire up the hype thrusters for a 2019 launch?