Rumour: 2019 launch for Cyberpunk 2077 was targeted, internally delayed to early 2020

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 2, 2019 9:59 AM
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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.

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07:46 Jun-03-2019

Why would 2020 be that early? it's been in full development since at least 2015 after witcher 3 came out so it's been going for at least 4 years already

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04:39 Jun-03-2019

Just skip the current generation of consoles.

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00:15 Jun-03-2019

I would say good, take your time to make great game and, if possible, with minimal amount of crunch. I can understand that some probably can't be avoided, but constant crunch to meet deadline is really bad for both employees and quality of the game, which depends on employees as well.

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23:05 Jun-02-2019

Considering how big the game is going to be, wich is huge as far as we know... I am more than happy to wait a bit longer so CDRP can gives us their best again. Unlike companies who release their games half finshed... right EA?

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17:50 Jun-02-2019

CDPR just buy Kojima Productions so that we dont need to worry about anything you are about to release

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18:13 Jun-02-2019

I'd just be happy if Death Stranding were to release on GOG, but as far as I know it's not even coming to PC.

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18:33 Jun-02-2019

not yet that it is but it was sayed that it will, dont ask as i dont know just saw some people were talking about it on some article here,
and Death Stranding coming to GOG is not much if we believe that they implement denuvo well if they are gona use it at all, but i was talking about what would happen if Kojima join forces with CDPR, as they have very talented and passionate people and Kojima to be there just to show them the way

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19:20 Jun-02-2019

I'm not disagreeing with you. I was just simply stating that barring them joining forces, I would be happy if Death Stranding came to GOG. It would be a huge victory to have someone as well loved, and as influential, as Kojima put his game on a DRM free platform. It would be huge boost to GOG, even if he put also put the game on Steam, Epic, Twitch, and Discord as well.

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22:41 Jun-02-2019

Kojima to show them the way? I think CDProjekt knows the "way" way better than Kojima, seeing that none of its games can even come close to The Witcher 3.

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09:25 Jun-03-2019

and witcher 3 is following the book can they make something on theyr own(lore, characters) we dont know thats why i was saying it they know to do the job from some source but to make source would be Kojimas job

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17:22 Jun-02-2019

Take your time, don't bioware this game ^^)

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16:42 Jun-02-2019

As long as it is not as bad as fallout 76 which was ruined by an early unfinished release, I am fine with it. I still get nightmares from that horror.

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21:18 Jun-02-2019

Fallout 76 is an extremely low bar. Their bar was set by Witcher 3, they need to match it, if not surpass it.

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16:36 Jun-02-2019

Perfection takes time, I can wait. -grin-

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13:49 Jun-02-2019

With the thought and care that CDPR is putting into the game, it seems to me that Cyberpunk 2077 will be one of the greatest games ever made, but most importantly the fact that CDPR is willing to delay the game so as to not overwork its employees is what makes CDPR a great company.

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12:57 Jun-02-2019

If I could wait this long, I could wait even more!

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12:03 Jun-02-2019

give the game as much time as it need, this is the one game i do NOT want to be ruined by another fallout 76 mess

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11:58 Jun-02-2019

meh... what's a few months more in exchange for a life-time of pleasure??
Make it as good as possible! No one is in a hurry!

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10:06 Jun-02-2019

Let me get his straight... CDPR comes out and says they are specifically looking to reduce crunch on Cyberpunk 2077, Jason Schreier says he's hard that CDPR is likely to delay Cyberpunk 2077's release date another year, and you get from this that the reason for their delay is that they can INCREASE crunch? There's a very good chance that they're going to be forced to delay the game because they're actually reducing crunch, and because of that work has slowed down.

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