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Cyberpunk 2077 delayed again to November

Another delay to address balance and bugs

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Lizzy Wizzy shown in Cyberpunk 2077. Her body is entirely chromed out. Image: CD Projekt Red
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Cyberpunk 2077, the massive RPG from CD Projekt Red, has been pushed back once again to Nov. 19, following a previous delay to Sept. 17.

In a statement published to the game’s official Twitter account, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński and head of studio Adam Badowski wrote:

At the time we are writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise. The quests, the cutscenes, the skills and items; all the adventures Night City has to offer — it’s all there. But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs.

This is the second delay for Cyberpunk 2077; the game was originally set to debut on April 16, but was pushed back to Sept. 17 in January. CD Projekt Red noted that journalists are currently playing a preview build of the game, with hands-on previews scheduled to go live on June 25. “We hope this will satisfy some of your hunger for the game as we work to polish it for the November launch,” the statement said.

The delay announcement comes just weeks after CD Projekt said it was on track to hit the Sept. 17 date. In an investor call on May 29, Michał Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development at CD Projekt and member of its board of directors, gave the following update:

The release continues to be scheduled for September 17 and the whole team is working really hard to deliver on that date. The final few months are always the biggest hurdle, so these are always the most crucial months — and we know that from our past experience. We’ve been there a couple of times in the past and of course this is the first time we’re doing that remotely, so we learn as we go — but that’s as much as I can say.

This new release date likely brings Cyberpunk 2077 in line with the next-gen launches for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, both of which are scheduled for “holiday 2020.” It’s almost certain that the consoles will arrives before Thanksgiving, which falls on Nov. 26 this year. We’ll likely see more details about a next-generation version of Cyberpunk 2077 closer to these launches; CD Projekt Red has only officially confirmed that the game will be playable on Xbox Series X with Smart Delivery. The initial version of the game will contain its single-player campaign and world; the multiplayer elements of the game will not be available for players until 2021.

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