One of E3 2018’s most impressive trailers had to be Cyberpunk 2077, the newest role-playing game from fan-favorite studio CD Projekt Red. Long in development and rarely shown to the public, with a "when it’s ready" philosophy towards release, gamers were naturally excited when the game’s developers made an appearance at E3 this year, showcasing a new game-engine trailer and a 50-minute closed-room gameplay demo.
CD Projekt Red is most well-known for two properties: the critically-acclaimed Witcher series and the DRM-free digital distribution platform GOG.com. Since expanding into a much larger gaming company, CD Projekt Red has also grown synonymous with their receptive attitude to fan response and feedback, closely considering gamer interests and criticisms when making their new titles.
That approach to perfection and improvement is what’s kept Cyberpunk 2077 in a seven-year long development state, but it sounds like players may need to wait even longer. While rumors have circulated which imply that the game is looking at its release next year in June (note that even the newest trailer makes no specific mention of a release date), Mike Pondsmith seemed to indicate in an interview with YouTuber YongYea that the game may not release for another few years: "I waited 30 years...You guys can wait a few more years. It will be worth it."
Pondsmith’s statement refers to the original pen-and-paper role-playing game Cyberpunk 2020, which he developed in 1990; this book represents the source material from which CD Projekt Red’s newest game was adapted. Hired by the Polish studio as a consultant during development, Pondsmith also describes the expectant experience for Cyberpunk 2077’s players in the impromptu interview: “mindblown.”
The fact remains that “a few more years” disposes of the previously rumored June 2019 release date. And, despite the closed-room demo shown to reporters, which at least portrays certain aspects of the game in a finished or playable state, there is reason to believe that consumers may be looking at a release date closer to 2020. This would be remarkably on-brand with the name of the pen-and-paper game, but a disheartening delay for gamers excited to play Cyberpunk 2077 sooner rather than later. Fortifying this release update, the CD Projekt Red account issued a tweet warning shoppers not to preorder the game on Amazon.
With the game currently expected to release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, the most important question still lingers: will players be experiencing Cyberpunk 2077 on current-gen hardware as expected or will the game be delayed even further to release on the continuously talked about next-gen platforms?