Cyberpunk 2077 delay sees DLC and multiplayer pushed back as well

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 1:00 PM
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It was indeed a sad day when CD Projekt Red inevitably announced another delay for Cyberpunk 2077, pushing the release date back further to November 19th, a full 7 months since the original release date of April 16th. In a call to investors following up on the latest delay announcement, CD Projekt Red revealed that the delay will also impact the DLC and multiplayer mode release dates for Cyberpunk 2077.

The vice president of business development, Michal Nowakowski, said that “of course the fact that the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 has been moved will proportionately move the release of such potential expansions.” He also mentioned that the team prefers to call them expansions rather than DLC as “they’re bigger than typical DLCs.” This post-release content has been announced, but is still early in development and so no release date has been announced yet anyway.

Regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s planned multiplayer, Nowakowski also said that “when it comes to multiplayer, similarly to the expansions, its launch is going to be proportionately delayed as well.

So as everything gets pushed back a little bit in anticipation for the November release date, what exactly are they doing with the time? Cyberpunk 2077 is already done, all the gameplay and quests etc. are finished, so what do they really need the time for?

Let’s say there’s a character walking down a street and they’re passing through a lantern as if it didn’t exist. So obviously we don’t want to happen in the final build of the game," he said. "This and many other things—maybe some light effects may be wrong here and there in particular circumstances. In a huge environment like that these bugs need to be eliminated before we pass the game to the players.

We don’t want to have their experience ruined by the fact that if it rains and it’s 4:01 am. and you walk outside of that particular bar on that particular street, the night turns into day for three seconds. And there’s things like that popping up, which we’re fixing.

And finally, during the investors call, the joint CEO of CD Projekt Adam Kicinski said “We truly believe this is the final date,” referencing the fact that one of 2020’s most anticipated games has been delayed twice now. “That’s all I can say now, but of course, any decision like this costs us trust. We try to be as reasonable as possible when making the final decision. That’s our take for now – we believe the game will be released on November 19.

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Hope they don't delay it a 3rd time. If that happens it'll kill the vibe

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13:37 Jun-23-2020

They delay it so that it could be included in PS5 launch titles.

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22:26 Jun-22-2020

Well, if they delay it more, people might start comparing it to Duke Nukem Forever... which truly to its name both took forever to come out and killed franchise, probably forever. :-D But yeah CDPR is not Behtesda, they actually want to fix their bugs. Not dump it out for community to fix or to fix it at a later day. Which I definitely respect.

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18:24 Jun-22-2020

My opinion is that they should have released the game only for the next-gen consoles. The current consoles will limit the game's potential.

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13:19 Jun-23-2020

The same happened with The Witcher 3. I also really wish they hadn't butchered hairworks the way they did in later patches (way less hair, the strands are unrealistically thick and the culling system is too obvious) for the sake of moaners. Modern hardware has no problems with hairworks and I really enjoy the effect...

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15:02 Jun-23-2020

The downside to that would be you would have to wait another year for them to take full advantage of the extra power made available. If you've had a game in development as long as CP2077 pushing the game back for a smaller next-gen launch user-base wouldn't really be financially viable. The PS5/XBXS versions aren't due until sometime next year so do you want to wait that long?

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01:19 Jun-27-2020

But developers have access to the new consoles much sooner.

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16:54 Jun-22-2020

They can keep both the DLC and Multiplayer. I just want to do the story.

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16:01 Jun-22-2020

On other news the sun rises from the east! Yeah if they´re still on the main game then makes sense...

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15:08 Jun-22-2020

Ah,yes,my daily dose of cyberbunk delays

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13:21 Jun-22-2020

Hope they don't delay it a 3rd time. If that happens it'll kill the vibe

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13:16 Jun-23-2020

I'm not sure how it would "kill the vibe"... For instance, I'm not sitting in my chair, actively waiting for the game - it'll come out when it comes out and, for all I care, it could be in 2023 - I wouldn't mind. I just forget about things until the time comes. I'd guess this is how it should be for most people, unless they actively frequent websites or antisocial media that keep reminding them of the game, I guess, and then they get angsty? I don't get it...

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13:38 Jun-23-2020

remember FF XV? damn thing got delayed so many times and it came out rather dissapointing.

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16:41 Jun-23-2020

I'm not into FF whatsoever, so no, I don't remember, actually xD

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16:21 Jun-23-2020

Enter half-sarcasm mode.


There used to be quite a few ppl that arrange their time to play games.
Nowadays, a lot of people are just sitting on the couch and waiting to play newer games.


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16:42 Jun-23-2020

Dunno, there's so much choice out there, so many systems, so many great "retro" games to play on older systems (or PC!) that I don't see a problem here. Even full-time gamer neckbeards with literally no life would find what to do before a new game comes out.

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21:43 Jun-23-2020

Fair point.

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13:12 Jun-22-2020

Im personally not interested in multiplayer, as for dlc i dont know, it will depend on the game and the dlc content, if the game will be good as far as witcher 3 and the dlc will be as good as its dlc was then yeah i will be looking forward for cyberpunk dlc, until then im patiently waiting for cyberpunk 2077...

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13:03 Jun-22-2020

My time and backlog are full,so - fine by me.

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