Earlier today, CD Projekt Red announced a five-month long delay to Cyberpunk 2077’s release date. The new launch date for the dystopian RPG is September 17th, 2020. Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there. Shortly after the first announcement, a developer confirmed that the multiplayer component of Cyberpunk 2077 will “probably move out of 2021”.
The news comes by way of an investor Q&A session discussing the delay and its implications. In the call, CD Projekt Red’s board of directors senior vice president Michał Nowakowski states that the aforementioned delay also applies to multiplayer.
“Given the expected release of Cyberpunk 2077 in September, and the series of events which we expect to occur after that stage, 2021 appears unlikely as a release date for Cyberpunk multiplayer,” explains Nowakowski.
That seems like a long wait, but since multiplayer wasn’t going to be available on launch anyway, it actually makes sense. After it was officially announced last September, CDPR noted that the launch version of the game would only contain singleplayer. At the time, development on multiplayer was in its early stages, and the studio was in fact recruiting for the same purpose. Although a release window wasn’t specified, Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer was definitely quite a ways away from release.
Nowakowski notes that Cyberpunk multiplayer is a “triple-A” title that is being worked on “in parallel” with Cyberpunk 2077. In the initial announcement, CDPR said that Cyberpunk 2077 is “complete and playable”, and the studio doesn’t see any additional hiccups in the release timeline. CDPR wants the game to be their “crowning achievement for the generation”, and so a delayed launch for both singleplayer and multiplayer isn’t something too unexpected.
“We pretty much know where we stand, and which aspects of the game will still require work,” adds Nowakowski. “We’re confident the game will be released on the 17th of September.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is expected to release on September 17th, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC.