Tuesday, October 27th 2020

Wait for It: Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed to December 10th

Developer CD Projekt Red has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 is now facing another delay - this one of just 21 days. The game is now slated for release on December 10th, which gives the developer more time to work on the launch-day patch so that everything runs as smoothly as possible when the game is out in the wild and in the hands of millions of expectant gamers.

The developer clarified that the reason for the game's delay is the need to launch it concurrently on all platforms they've committed to - current-gen, next-gen, PC, and Stadia. In total, the developer is working on polishing and testing nine different versions of the game (PS4, PS4 Pro, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia). This is just mind-bogglingly complex, as you might expect. We also have to take into account that CD Projekt Red has its own shoes to fill when it comes to final quality, and we must remember that first impressions make or break a videogame's reception in the current climate (remember Mass Effect: Andromeda or any other number of games). It seems that the cautious, methodical approach may be the best one for such a high-stakes release. I, for one, would much rather enjoy a game with less chances of game-breaking bugs than a rushed release - especially considering the amount of platforms the game is shipping for.
Source: CD Projekt Red @ Twitter
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124 Comments on Wait for It: Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed to December 10th

#1
tigger
I'm the only one
They already stated it had gone gold, so i guess they just won't release it till all platform versions are ready at the same time.
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#2
Raevenlord
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tigger
They already stated it had gone gold, so i guess they just won't release it till all platform versions are ready at the same time.
Going gold means that all content is finished and the game can be completed from start to finish. However, there are still bugfixes, balancing tweaks, performance optimizations, and a smorgasbord of other game-development routines that have to be taken until release.
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#3
basco
from me Cd project red gets all the time they need. no hurry. it´ll be goood
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#4
Chomiq
So what? Now they'll have two months of mandatory crunch?
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#5
z1n0x
GameWrecks™ strikes again?
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#6
Verpal
Great, more time for people to join local battle royale for GPU!

I heard there are only one surviver in the last BR-Australia, hopefully more TPU member can survive the next round.
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#7
phanbuey
The witcher 3 got pushed back several times, by months... CDPR is the opposite of Bethesda - they will miss all the timelines and make an incredible game, because if they find anything that needs fixing in final testing they will fix it. Instead of hitting the timeline and giving us Fallout 76.
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#8
TheLostSwede
No "I don't really care" option in the poll?
Raevenlord
Going gold means that all content is finished and the game can be completed from start to finish. However, there are still bugfixes, balancing tweaks, performance optimizations, and a smorgasbord of other game-development routines that have to be taken until release.
That's smörgåsbord to you Sir! (it roughly translates to butter goose table)
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#9
hgk87
Totally surprising
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#10
Sithaer
TheLostSwede
No "I don't really care" option in the poll?
I wasn't planning to play the game this year either so I'm okay with this/did not get on the hype train somehow.:oops:

Still got bunch of other games to play and I would prefer to play Cyberpunk with a new GPU anyway which I won't have till early next year. 'based on the ammount I can save up monthly'
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#11
repman244
This is getting a bit unprofessional from their side, but I can understand their reasons.

I'm very reserved for this game since people are seriously overhyping it. Haven't pre-ordered, so I'll just sit and enjoy the outrage if it doesn't live up to the hype.
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#12
Rahnak
Chomiq
So what? Now they'll have two months of mandatory crunch?
They've probably been doing "voluntary" crunch for longer than that already.

Also, expect that gigantic patch on release.
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#13
saikamaldoss
You don't have to release it on all platforms.. just release it for Nvidia graphics card for now as that is the only thing you are worried about :/

I preordered this game the moment it was announced and now I am hearing only Nvidia card will work with RT at the moment.. Very bad :(
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#14
Rictorhell
"Half-Life 3" :)

I don't even know what to say about this. I've had so many games that I anticipated over the years end up being delayed by 3 months, 6 months, a year, it's mind-boggling. If you look at Squaresoft, it often takes them several years to get a game together. They promise a game and show a trailer at E3 or something and then you get the final game 3, 4, 5 years later, if then. As complex as the games are becoming and therefore, the coding that makes up the games, it's starting to seem miraculous that the games are able to be released at all, and not be completely broken, in some form or another. I think the publishers are downplaying the actual necessary amount of time it takes to produce and distribute a quality game title, because if they were honest at the announcement of a future game, they would have to say, "Release date to be announced, AT SOME POINT in the future, to be determined", and that doesn't generate excitement or pre-orders.

No one wants to invest in a game knowing that they might not have the final product in theirs hands for years, if then.

A 21 day delay is nothing, compared to the 1 year delays and several year delays that I have seen.

I wish that a computer could be designed or an AI or something that could pretty much automate the game coding process and take it mostly out of human hands, speeding up the process and POTENTIALLY greatly reducing or eliminating errors, but if that were to happen, God knows how many programmers and coders would end up out of work. I don't want that, I just want quality games. I also don't want the coders to be forced to work days and days and days of overtime, just so I can get my hands on the game, on the exact date that it was promised, months or years ago.

There has to be a solution, a compromise. Probably, like I suggested, being more flexible about announced final release dates for games.
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#15
goodeedidid
Raevenlord
Going gold means that all content is finished and the game can be completed from start to finish. However, there are still bugfixes, balancing tweaks, performance optimizations, and a smorgasbord of other game-development routines that have to be taken until release.
So it's not that golden.
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#16
tigger
I'm the only one
goodeedidid
So it's not that golden.
Gold means essentially ready for release.
Gold
When a game reaches Gold it’s considered a shippable experience. Games at this level will be ready to release and pass all of the following exit criteria.
  • This release is feature complete with high polish
  • All UIs are complete
  • All voiceovers match the script
  • All new players can play without external guidance
  • No A, B, C and very few D and E defects
  • All sound effects and voice overs are levelled
  • There is a sufficient variety of sound effects and music to prevent noticeable/distracting repetition for the target playtime
  • The game runs at the target framerate in all tested scenarios
Guessing they don't want to release it to PC first. Maybe sony and microsoft back handers are pretty big :p
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#17
PowerPC
Rictorhell
"Half-Life 3" :)

I don't even know what to say about this. I've had so many games that I anticipated over the years end up being delayed by 3 months, 6 months, a year, it's mind-boggling. If you look at Squaresoft, it often takes them several years to get a game together. They promise a game and show a trailer at E3 or something and then you get the final game 3, 4, 5 years later, if then. As complex as the games are becoming and therefore, the coding that makes up the games, it's starting to seem miraculous that the games are able to be released at all, and not be completely broken, in some form or another. I think the publishers are downplaying the actual necessary amount of time it takes to produce and distribute a quality game title, because if they were honest at the announcement of a future game, they would have to say, "Release date to be announced, AT SOME POINT in the future, to be determined", and that doesn't generate excitement or pre-orders.

No one wants to invest in a game knowing that they might not have the final product in theirs hands for years, if then.

A 21 day delay is nothing, compared to the 1 year delays and several year delays that I have seen.

I wish that a computer could be designed or an AI or something that could pretty much automate the game coding process and take it mostly out of human hands, speeding up the process and POTENTIALLY greatly reducing or eliminating errors, but if that were to happen, God knows how many programmers and coders would end up out of work. I don't want that, I just want quality games. I also don't want the coders to be forced to work days and days and days of overtime, just so I can get my hands on the game, on the exact date that it was promised, months or years ago.

There has to be a solution, a compromise. Probably, like I suggested, being more flexible about announced final release dates for games.
You can't mandate setting release dates. And as long as it's not mandated, companies are going to set dates and break them. FOR ME it's much better than hitting the date and releasing a hot pile of garbage that never gets fixed until the game dies. Fallout 76... Just one recent example. Especially horrible when it's an online game. Imaging telling your friends "hey, let's go play Fallout 76 together" when it's this broken.

And AI is already being used to program. None of this changes the fact that you need programmers, at least to set up the AI to work properly. AI still heavily needs humans. There is no AGI yet. When we have AGI, everybody will lose their job, not just programmers. But everything will still get done by the AGI and nobody will 'have' to work. That's veeeery different from not 'having' work.
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#18
yotano211
phanbuey
The witcher 3 got pushed back several times, by months... CDPR is the opposite of Bethesda - they will miss all the timelines and make an incredible game, because if they find anything that needs fixing in final testing they will fix it. Instead of hitting the timeline and giving us Fallout 76.
I win that game in a contest, I played it a few times, havent logged back in and have no need to play it again. Some people tell me on here that the game is much fixed but I dont have the need to play a broken game or remember bad gaming memories.
goodeedidid
So it's not that golden.
Its not "golden", its Gold.
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#19
Kohl Baas
I've waited 1,5 years to GTA5, co this is nothing. Not to mention that my motherboard will only getting the BIOS for the new CPUs in February... No rush... CP2077 is a mostly singleplayer game, and good storys has no time of expiration.
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#20
tigger
I'm the only one
Won't say i am not disappointed, but i can wait, as long as dying light 2 is out this year.
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#21
Easo
RAAAAGEEEEE.
But ok, I will have something to do during Covid Christmas. As long as the game is good in the end just a single month does not matter. No, not even a month, just 3 more weeks.
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#22
dicobalt
Since I've got a build waiting on a CPU and GPU to be available that's ok with me.
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#23
moproblems99
Good. I don't care if this game launches until I can get at least a 3080 or AMD equivalent cuz my GPU ain't gonna be able to play. It will just roll into a fetal position.
TheLostSwede
No "I don't really care" option in the poll?
What poll? I don't see one?
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#24
Vya Domus
When I said a couple of months ago that this game is no where close to being finished no one believed me. :laugh:

What all of this really means is that they are scrambling to figure out which problems they can fix and which ones they are going to ship.
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#25
NJM1564
Whines. But I Want It Now! :/
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