CD Projekt has announced it’s decided to take some more time on developing new-gen versions of its two biggest games. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S native editions of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been pushed into next year.
The reveal of these delays comes as an update to investors on the CD Projekt website. Cyberpunk 2077’s upgraded version will come in Q1 2022, while Witcher 3 fans will have to wait until Q2 2022 to adventure with Geralt of Rivia on the most recent console hardware. Here’s the full quote of the delay from CDPR’s site. (Note – CDPR has translated this announcement from its original Polish-language version):
CD PROJEKT S.A. (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) wishes to provide an update regarding its publication schedule for 2021 as concerns the release of dedicated versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for next-gen consoles (Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5). The Management Board of the Company hereby announces that, based on recommendations supplied by persons supervising 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.
CD Projekt is no stranger to taking its time developing games. Cyberpunk 2077 was famously in development for many years before its tumultuous release last December. Awash with technical issues and player dissatisfaction of the console ports, the PlayStation 4 version was pulled from the digital PlayStation Store (it has since been restored to the PSN store) and new refunding policies had to be enacted.
It’s worth noting there are framerate enhancements when playing Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles currently, but any additional enhancements will not be available until the console native versions drop next year.
What do you think about these delays? Are you like me and have been waiting to play Cyberpunk on the new consoles? Share your thoughts in the comments!