It's been a long time coming, but the release date for Cyberpunk 2077 could soon be announced by developer CD Projekt RED. The studio, which is best known for its acclaimed work on The Witcher series, has been working on its new game for some time, and CD Projekt RED has generally been keeping quiet about exactly how the title is going to operate as development continues behind the scenes.
That's not to say that the developer has been silent, of course. Already, fans know that CD Projekt RED is planning to make Cyberpunk 2077 into its next blockbuster franchise, for instance, which explains why so many fans of the studio's work have been happy to let CD Projekt RED do its own thing. However, perhaps the most important piece of missing information that has yet to be answered is exactly when Cyberpunk 2077 was going to release.
Thankfully, the wait for the launch date for Cyberpunk 2077 may soon be over. CD Projekt RED's latest financial report, delivered by its management board, made for some interesting reading for those wanting to know more about the game. Effectively, the report stated that CD Projekt RED will not be paying dividends to stakeholders this year, which is something of an anomaly for the highly profitable company. The reason for this change is that the funds will instead go towards promotion and marketing.
Of course, this means that the marketing campaign for Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to start soon, and this financial impact will be caused by CD Projekt RED's independence this time around, paying out for the promotional budget on its own without ties to another distributor. As such, look out for Cyberpunk 2077 having a presence at E3 2018, and most likely an announcement of its release date either at the expo or soon after.
Although some may feel this tees up the game for a 2018 release, this may be pushing the launch of the game a little too early. After all, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be much bigger than The Witcher 3, and CD Projekt RED is a developer known for its care and attention. If the marketing budget is only going to be fully utilized starting this year, expect more by way of trailers and other promotion and perhaps a launch date of Spring 2019.
Even if the wait is a little longer than some may want, at the very least it will be good to put a finite point of reference down for when Cyberpunk 2077 can be played. In the meantime, of course, there's always the chance to read up on the title's source material, tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020. That, or CD Projekt RED fans can have a quick look at what The Witcher’s Geralt would look like in Cyberpunk 2077.