Why is 'Cyberpunk 2077' delayed? Angry fans say 'no point' buying game from devs who can't keep their promise
The reasons for the delay mention that the makers of the game want to assure the best quality and make some significant improvements in the game for which they need time
The much-anticipated video game 'Cyberpunk 2077' has been delayed again and is now set to go on sale on December 10. A letter from CD Projekt, the developers of the game, said there would be "many emotions and questions" about another delay, and asked fans to "please accept our humble apologies." The reason cited for the delay is that the game is not yet ready to ship on current-gen, nextgen, and PC at the same time which requires a lot of time to test 9 versions of the game. The reasons for the delay also mention that the makers of the game want to assure the best quality and make some significant improvements in the game for which they need time.
Cyberpunk 2077’s official handle tweeted a statement on the delay of the game on October 27. "The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test nine versions," the statement from the board of directors at CD Projekt, Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwinski read. "We're aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make a difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do," the pair added. The makers of the game assured an "amazing game" that players will "fall in love with" once it is complete.
We have important news to share with you pic.twitter.com/qZUaD6IwmM— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020
Games MXDWN reported that Cyberpunk 2077 already went "gold" in early October. This means all content in the game is ready for production. However, in the statement posted to Twitter, the makers tell why "going gold" doesn’t mean the developers are finished with the game. The co-founders say the time period between "going gold" and the game’s release date is where "many improvements are being made which will then be distributed via a Day 0 patch." They also mentioned that this period of time was "under calculated" and partly to blame for the hold-up.
It was initially planned for the game's latest version to go on sale in April 2020, but it has been delayed thrice since then as per BBC. Most recently, it was scheduled for release on November 19, the same day as the UK launch of the PlayStation 5 and nine days after the launch of games like Xbox Series X goes on sale. Previously, the Polish developer CD Projekt Red came under fire for telling the staff to work overtime leading up to the November release of the game. BBC reported that employees making the game were asked to work a mandatory six-day week to hit its release deadline which has been shifted to December now.
For the unversed, "Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour, and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberwar, skillset, and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you," the game’s official site mentions.
With 9 versions and two different generations of hardware, some publications report that it is not hard to see why the release date was pushed back again. However, despite such explanations, fans of the game are still frustrated with delays while others are patiently waiting for the release. Some fans took to social media too to express their stance on the delay of the game. An enraged fan wrote, "Just refunded the purchase. There is no point in buying a game from a dev who cannot keep their promise. When we were kids, we've learnt a valuable lesson from THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF story. I don't think I'll ever buy another game from this studio."
just refunded the purchase. There is no point in buying a game from a dev who cannot keep their promise.— Hanseul Shin (@hanseul1795) October 27, 2020
When we were kids, we've learnt a valuable lesson from THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF story.
I don't think I'll ever buy another game from this studio.
Another concurred, "Exactly!!! I just cancelled too... They promised not to delay again and they lied. Guess what @CDPROJEKTRED? Your game is now no longer worth waiting for... You disappointed nearly millions for what reason? Because you guys haven't been playing testing on #ps5 right?" A user wrote against the makers of the game, "Me too. A developer who cannot keep their promises shouldn't belong in the gaming industry." A patient user wrote, "Children. I’d rather wait 21 days for a product that will be complete than play a broken one." A user wrote that the game will be so good that people will anyway buy it, "You’ll still buy it and play it thanks for being a fan!"
Exactly!!! I just cancelled too... They promised not to delay again and they lied.— @AttackonTactics /\ Gacha God (@AttackonTactics) October 27, 2020
Guess what @CDPROJEKTRED? Your game is now no longer worth waiting for... You disappointed nearly millions for what reason? Because you guys haven't been play testing on #ps5 right??
Me too. A developer who cannot keep their promises shouldn't belong in the gaming industry.— Black Mass (@Asnath97) October 28, 2020
Children. I’d rather wait 21 days for a product that will be complete than play a broken one— Collin Smith (@Collinosmith) October 27, 2020
You’ll still buy it and play it thanks for being a fan!— Trey Childree (@Trey_Childree) October 28, 2020