In absolutely shocking news, CD Projekt RED has finally admitted Cyberpunk 2077 will probably end up becoming a next-gen game.
Last we’d heard, Cyberpunk 2077 is still confirmed for PC, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, although one look at the visual complexity and scale of Cyberpunk, paired with a sideways glance at the decrepit OG Xbox One, tells you all you need to know.
During an FY2018 financial briefing with assorted investors, CD Projekt RED CEO Adam Kiciński said development of Cyberpunk 2077 is now significantly far along, although it won’t be impacted by any current trends or influences. For that particular tidbit, read - microtransactions, lootboxes, etc.
“Technology-wise, Cyberpunk is very advanced. Our technology is ready to interface with future generations,” said Kiciński. When pressed on whether that could mean PS5 or Xbox Scarlett versions of Cyberpunk 2077, he said "Yes, absolutely. We already have such a plan. We've already said publicly that our technology was developed thinking about new generations. Well, the generation hasn't been announced yet, but the RED engine has been developed from scratch to make sure that it crosses from generation to generation.
"As a result of this, if there's an opportunity to launch Cyberpunk for another generation, we would probably want to this." That sounds like a rallying cry for Sony and Microsoft to hurry up and send along some dev kits.
It strikes me as shooting themselves in the foot somewhat. Owners of the original Xbox One, with its aging tech, probably aren’t going to want to play a significantly visually stripped-down version of Cyberpunk 2077 knowing there could be an updated next-gen version right around the corner. It sounds as if Xbox One and PS4 are still the target consoles for Cyberpunk 2077’s launch though, suggesting it’s going to be out before the next-gen consoles arrive. Once the likes of the PS5 are announced though, it sounds as if Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be far behind.
On a personal level, it feels as if it could be beneficial for the end product, if not its sales figures, if Cyberpunk dropped the current-gen consoles entirely. What we’re hearing about CP2077 sounds if it’s going to stretch the PS4 and Xbox One to their absolute limits, and it would be a shame if any ideas were hamstrung by console performance.