It turns out CD Projekt RED was indeed targeting a late 2019 release for Cyberpunk 2077, a date much, much earlier than we’d ever truly anticipated. Unfortunately, it sounds as if Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed internally and its projected 2019 release has now been pushed to early 2020.
News of the internal delay comes by way of Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, a man who tends to have the inside scoop on just about everything gaming-related. Seriously, how are developers still feeding this man with grist for the rumour mill?
According to Schreier, “I've heard from three sources that Cyberpunk was aiming for 2019, but belief around the studio was that it was an unrealistic target. I expect first half 2020 or maybe even an E3 announcement of 2019, then a delay to 2020.”
Well, that statement would basically put an end to any of CDPR’s plans to announce an optimistic 2019 date at E3 2019. Still, it doesn’t matter what’s announced, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be done until it’s done. If Q4 2019 is a squeeze then it’s doubtful many CDPR fans would begrudge a delay for one of the most anticipated RPGs of all time.
In terms of incorrect release date announcements, Schreier even claims some publishers do this on purpose, knowing full well they can’t actually hit the intended launch date. “I think companies making announcements like "fall 2017" knowing they're not shipping until 2018 is surprisingly common yeah,” said Schreier. To me that only sounds like a tactic to ensure longer crunch from developers, but who knows.
Whatever happens here, a launch in early 2020 would still be earlier than we were realistically expecting for CP2077. This is one of the most ambitious games we’ve ever laid eyes on and there was still clearly a long ways to go from what we saw last year.
All should be revealed shortly, though. Cyberpunk 2077 will be at E3 2019 in a big way. The main event kicks off in earnest on June 9th.