Up For Debate - Is Cyberpunk 2077 going to be delayed again due to COVID-19?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Apr 25, 2020 5:00 PM
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While many games have already been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with development studios transitioning to a work-from-home environment; TrackMania, Death Stranding, Wasteland 3, and EVERSPACE 2, to name a few. But we are all watching with laser eyed interest on arguably the most anticipated game of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077, to see how this may affect it's September 17th release date.

Cyberpunk 2077 has already seen a huge release delay, being pushed back from a March release to the current launch date, giving us a total of 5 extra months of waiting for Cyberpunk 2077 to endure. Arrrgghhhhh, just hook me up to the Matrix now please. And of course this delay happened prior to the pandemic locking us all down. So of course, today we want to explore what everyone thinks to the question: Will Cyberpunk 2077 be delayed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Despite being able to work remotely, the type of orchestration that is required to pull off a project of this size and scope is a massive undertaking to say the least, and is, of course, a major reason as to why people work in shared spaces together; to share knowledge quickly and easily and to solve problems and build things together as a team. Once that becomes limited things will have to move more slowly.

On the other side, perhaps CD Projekt Red is such a well oiled development machine that they can easily do this type of stuff remotely? Maybe they always work with a high percentage of their developers working from home? With a number of studio locations perhaps they regularly do conference video calls to keep their teams working in unison. CDPR aren't new to development, and developers know tech right? So obviously we want to believe these guys have got this. Plus, if all they need now is time to polish the game, they could patch Cyberpunk 2077 after release in regular waves, like Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord's release (although that is an early access game, but has done very well).

But if we take a peak at history, the Witcher 3 was notoriously delayed twice, from a release date at the end of 2014, to early 2015, then again to mid 2015. This was even after the developers already said that there wouldn’t be another delay after the first one (we cant help but think about when CDPR said to us that they’re still on track for Cyberpunk 2077’s release date). Then again, studios and developers can learn from previous experiences, and the fact that they’re using this time to only finish polishing up the game must be a good sign. So perhaps we won’t see any more Cyberpunk 2077 delays and it will release on September 17th as they have planned.

But then we are back to the fact that they did say "they were on track for September" before the current COVID-19 pandemic. And the type of finely honed orchestration that must be involved in pulling a world stopping game together like Cyberpunk 2077, is likely going to need lots of intricate collaboration, which probably needs a bunch of smart people crammed into an office together. So unless the developers at CD Projekt Red are wizards (which I wouldn’t exactly disbelieve) and can predict the future, I’d say it threw at least a tiny wrench in the works for them. So maybe we’ll see only another delay by a month, just like what happened with Death Stranding, or Wasteland 3. Then again, we could see a bigger delay of several months once again.

So do you think Cyberpunk 2077 is still on track to release on September 17th? Or will there be another delay? And if so, how long do you think it will be? Let’s debate!

How much longer do you think Cyberpunk 2077 will be delayed?

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07:12 Apr-27-2020

Even if it is delayed,I wouldn't mind as I would definitely appreciate quality over a quick release.

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06:15 Apr-27-2020

Nobody knows at this point, there is no need to make any asumptions because this outbreak could last for a few years even, we will know if it will be delayed when the pandemic will be over

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23:13 Apr-26-2020

It does not matter if delayed or not TW3 was delayed and still game of the decade. So like CDPR have said The game will be ready when it is ready & they have history to back it up, so chill people.Cabin fever can make ur mind wander.

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13:19 Apr-26-2020

I'm going to be a bit optimistic. I'd like to think the pandemic will be (sorta) under control by September so if CDPR aren't being compromised (right now) then I suppose they can polish it to their satisfaction until launch day arrives. But suffice to say, I'l be absolutely ecstatic if this goes through as planned.


Fingers crossed!

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12:14 Apr-26-2020

I really don't care for how long they delay it, as long as the end product if great.

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11:55 Apr-26-2020

The number of people who voted, are in stark contrast to the number who commented.
I've thought about this a while back, but I'd like your opinion on this.


Would you like a counter to see how many people have viewed an article/blog/review?

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17:52 Apr-26-2020

why not, it cant hurt being able to see that

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19:52 Apr-26-2020

Made it a suggestion, on Discord. We'll see when this gets implemented.

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21:05 Apr-26-2020

eeehhh, i am too lazy to open discord

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07:35 Apr-27-2020

Take it you didn't get enough sleep.

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11:42 Apr-26-2020

The game is already Polished :D
==> so no delay (I hope)

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10:58 Apr-26-2020

They said it was finished already, only polishing left to do. So it would be very strange to delay it, unless they think they would get better sales by delaying it, but i dont think they'll do that. So i'm not worried :)

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09:59 Apr-26-2020

Wasn't it already ready? Anyway they got it ready without needing the initial delay and now it's in for polishing.

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05:03 Apr-26-2020

Time will tell.

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22:59 Apr-25-2020

I was leaning towards yes but after the HUGE success of animal crossing I think devs are less motivated now to delay their games. But this is Cyberpunk so if there is a delay I won't be shocked.

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22:04 Apr-25-2020

I would say probably not, I think they even said they are doing their best to get people going with work from home. So I kind of doubt it. Plus game is in polishing state by now anyway. They aren't adding much in terms of new stuff now. So I doubt there will be any big delay. And unlike The Last of Us 2, PC and digital distribution is much much bigger for them,...

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22:07 Apr-25-2020

... unlike Last of Us 2, which has physical market still as big part of sales due to consoles. I really see very little in terms of reasons why they would need to delay. Yes, work from home is in some ways harder, but you get used to it and optimize things for yourself. But I guess only time will tell if there will be any delay for sure. My guess is no delay till then.

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21:11 Apr-25-2020

i dont get it, why are thos games delayed bec of biological virus in the first place, its not like they are architect or something so they have to go out to do the work, or is it bec of all thos people dont have required device(desktop) powerfull enouth at home so that they cant programm, make textures and similar

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11:48 Apr-26-2020

It takes more than just sitting in front of computer to write codes/make textures/do stuff. Lots of decision makings need interactions, intergroup and intragroup, meetings need to happen on the daily basis (like game designers need to communicate closely with story writing team to check if their design suit the story/setting as intended). With isolation rules in place, it's hard to carry that out. Also not all game designer has beefy computer at home to carry on with what they do, or great Internet to use remote desktop/Parsec, etc. If they carry their work home with them, part of game could be leaked, or data hacked.

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16:41 Apr-26-2020

Great points.

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17:50 Apr-26-2020

yes yes ofcourse i understand that but its not like they cant be given strong machine they need or just give them the ones from work, so only reason would be weak internet so that they cant comunicate and share files all the time

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19:01 Apr-25-2020

I believe it's coming on time no matter the virus (unless some apocalypse breaks out or smth...)
CD themselves stated that CP 2077 still coming out this year on September 17th.

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18:27 Apr-25-2020

They did say they were able to transition to working from home pretty easily, so I expect/hope to god, for no delays.

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18:12 Apr-25-2020

I hope not. That's the only game am looking forward to this year.

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19:38 Apr-25-2020

That's sad...

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20:28 Apr-25-2020

Yeah, it's sad state of gaming industry when you can look forward to one game in a whole year.

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22:41 Apr-25-2020

there's System Shock, Amnesia Rebirth, Someday You'll Return, Wasteland 3, Radio the Universe, Psychonauts 2, Bloodlines 2, Hades, Little Nightmares 2, Hollow Knight: Silksong, Wrath: Aeon of Ruin, Horizon Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, Solar Ash Kingdom, The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima. Of course I deserved downvote cause I believe that more than one game exists...

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05:29 Apr-26-2020

I agree with you. But it seems Cyberpunk 2077 is the only game some people care about playing this year, it's almost like the other games don't exist to them.

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