There’s vaporware, there’s development hell, and then there’s delay combo, I guess. Over on social media, CD Projekt Red yet again announced that Cyberpunk 2077‘s release is being pushed back, this time to December 10, 2020. The team cited that this Cyberpunk 2077 delay happens because they’re having problems with releasing the game for nine different versions simultaneously while in the pandemic working conditions. That means the claim that another delay could happen was true after all. The official post clarified the current issues:
The biggest challenge for us is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test 9 versions of it […] while working from home.”
Cyberpunk 2077 was first delayed to September 17 when it missed its April release window. Then they said they had to push it to November. Early this month on October 5, they said that the game has “gone gold“. That means all the work should’ve been done and all that’s left is just distribution issues. But another holdup is still happening, and CD Projekt Red has prepared to answer that question as well:
Some of you might also be wondering what these words mean in light of us saying we achieved gold master some time ago. Passing certification, or ‘going gold’, means the game is ready, can be completed, and has all content in it. But it doesn’t mean we stop working on it and raising the quality bar. On the contrary, this is the time where many improvements are being made which will then be distributed via a Day 0 patch. This is the time period we undercalculated.”
It’s hard to imagine what’s happening behind CD Projekt Red’s curtains, especially considering the crunch controversy. Maybe there’s a miscommunication between the development team and marketing as well. Who knows for sure. What do you personally think of Cyberpunk 2077’s delay this time? Should CD Projekt Red not overpromise on both the release window and features in the first place? Tell me in the comments below.