CD Projekt has confirmed the delay of both next-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The studio indicates that more time is necessary to get these upgrades ready and will slip into 2022.
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In a regulatory announcement on the studio’s website, the briefing reveals updates to the release schedule for the rest of this year and into next year.
“The Management Board of the Company hereby announces that, based on recommendations supplied by persons supervising the development, it has decided to allocate additional time to both projects. The Company currently intends to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 in the first quarter of 2022, and the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the second quarter of 2022.” says the notice.
Both games were set to launch their next-gen upgrades this year, closer to the end of 2021, with The Witcher 3 including content inspired by the Netflix adaption. However, the humiliating launch of Cyberpunk 2077 has basically zapped any chance of that. It’s probably for the better, given how bad the launch was.
Last month during an investor’s meeting, Michał Nowakowski said that the goal was to launch these upgrades this year […] “At the same time, keeping in mind the lessons we have learned during the past year, and taking into account the fact that this project still remains in development, we can’t say with full certainty that the production schedule will not change, of course.”
Proceeding with caution at this point is all the studio can do. It has lost the goodwill garnered with consumers and has a long road to redemption given how awful the studio treated paying customers by lying to them and releasing a broken game last year.