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Next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 upgrade may get delayed past 2021 release date, CDPR says

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Gorilla Arm us if you’ve heard this one before, but Cyberpunk 2077 is getting delayed.

This time around, it’s the next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 upgrade for the Xbox Series X|S and PS5, which may be delayed past its initial 2021 release date, developer CD Projekt Red revealed in its latest earnings call.

That may not be such a bad thing, however, considering the backlash surrounding the game’s subpar performance and bug-laden launch, a situation for which CDPR subsequently apologized — a backlash so calamitous in fact, that the game was even pulled from the PS Store for a number of months. CDPR says it won’t make similar mistakes with the next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 upgrade and will be “keeping in mind the lessons [they] have learned” from the aforementioned situation.

“The target is to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 late this year,” CDPR Senior Vice President of business development Michał Nowakowski said in the company’s H1 2021 results call. “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.”

Nowakowski made a similar assessment regarding CDPR’s other big-name title (a game which CDPR announced has sold over 50 million copies back in May) getting a next-gen upgrade sometime in 2021, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

“With The Witcher 3, the situation is slightly different in the way that this is being tackled by the external team mainly, which is Saber Interactive, the company that we have worked with before on Switch and also with updates in the past,” Nowakowski continued.

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“As with Cyberpunk 2077, our goal is to release that game still in late 2021. However, similarly, the development process is ongoing, and we cannot be absolutely dead certain that the release schedule will not change. But for the time being, we definitely are aiming with both titles for late 2021 and I don’t want to be more specific at this moment in time.”

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CDPR stated back in December of 2020 that the next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 upgrade would be free and that they planned to “use all the functionalities or the new functions and technical possibilities provided by the new platforms.”

Are you looking forward to the next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 upgrade even if it’s delayed past 2021? Or are you over the game and its myriad problems? Sound off in the comments.

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