Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 next-gen editions may not launch in 2021, says CDPR

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sun, Sep 5, 2021 1:00 PM

CD Projekt Red is currently busy with a lot of stuff, but their biggest priority right now, understandably, is Cyberpunk 2077. Recently, the studio redirected some of its staff to start working on other projects, including nearly a quarter of devs on the first major expansion. But CDPR is also working on a next-gen version for it and The Witcher 3, due out later this year.

Or, at least, it was due out later this year, but as we all know CD Projekt Red is terrible at release dates. In a recent earnings call, Michal Nowakowski, Senior Vice President of Business Development, mentioned they are still targeting a late 2021 release date for the Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 next-gen editions, but can’t guarantee they will make it.

The target is to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 late this year,” said Nowakowski. “At the same time, keeping in mind the lessons we have learned during the past year and taking into account that this project still remains in development, we can’t say with full certainty that the production schedule will not change.

The situation is slightly different for The Witcher 3, as that version is being helmed by an external team at Saber Interactive, the same group that worked on the Switch version. That one will include ray tracing support and improved textures, as well as new content inspired by the Netflix show. But either way, both games are aiming for a late 2021 release date, but there are no guarantees.

The next-gen version is an important step on our adventure in the Cyberpunk universe,” said Adam Kicinski, joint CEO “We strongly believe in the long term potential of this IP. That’s why we’re currently working on the first expansion for the game, although I cannot say anything for more about it at this point in time.

The next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077, although mainly aimed at next-gen consoles, should also help PC development and performance as it will help CDPR separate the game from the old-gen console version, which has primarily held the base game back due to optimization and compatibility issues. Hence why some ‘easy’ fixes have taken so long to tackle, like the enhanced minimap in Patch 1.3.

What do you think? Are you interested in the next-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 or The Witcher 3? Which one are you most interested in? And do you think CDPR will be able to make a late 2021 release date? Or will it move to early 2022? Let us know!

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17:03 Sep-05-2021

If these next gen version are free if you already have the base game then bring it, i dont know how that version will work on pc tho, does that mean that cp will havbe even better graphics on PC?

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15:19 Sep-06-2021

The next-gen update for Cyberpunk is for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 only, bringing them more in line with the PC version. Both upgrades are free iirc.

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16:06 Sep-06-2021

Thats nice to hear

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15:40 Sep-05-2021

IMO they should have left out last gen support entirely, or at least waited until it was actually ready before releasing it, but now that they have released it then they need to support it on all platforms. Lets not forget that technically there is no current gen version of the game. Only last gen running through back compat on new consoles.


That said, problems that can't be fixed on console due to back compat should still be fixed on PC.

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13:56 Sep-05-2021

Cyberpunk here feels just like that tag along loser who you just had to bring along to the party because parents said so... :-D


But yeah, way more excited about Witcher 3, unless they bring that missing 2 years of development to Cyberpunk with it and actually make it good. Which I doubt, since they are moving staff away to DLC.

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13:19 Sep-05-2021

shouldn't have started Witcher without finishing cb2077. company is a joke at this point, not quite an EA level of joke. getting ever closer though

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15:07 Sep-05-2021

Read the article again, it's a different developer.

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13:09 Sep-05-2021

They are not goign to repeat last year's fiasco by releasing unfinished next-gen versions in December. Its best they take the time and release the best possible version they can.

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