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!