Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cyberpunk Is 'Complete and Playable' Ahead of Delay

Earlier today, CD Projekt Red delayed the release of Cyberpunk 2077 from April to September 17, 2020. In addition to the delay, the game developer made a statement on Twitter saying the game is "complete and playable, but there's still work to be done." Even though the studio says the game is in a finished state, it was still delayed so the team can try and achieve that next level of polish. CD Projekt Red says they hope that taking this extra time can make the game the best it can be. [ignvideo url=""] Games are often delayed for being incomplete or unplayable in parts, but that supposedly isn't the case with Cyberpunk 2077. This is an interesting reminder that sometimes games are delayed because the development team isn't fully satisfied, even if the game is technically "finished." Along with the delay, CD Projekt Red also said that Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer mode likely won't be available until after 2021. The studio announced the mode last September. The April release date for Cyberpunk 2077 was originally announced at E3 2019, along with the reveal that Keanu Reeves would star in the game. We also got a look at a hands-off demo at E3, where we learned more about combat, leveling, and more. [ignvideo url=""] We've seen similar delays before, when development teams want to spend more time making a game perfect. Nintendo delayed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (known at the time as Zelda Wii U) because the team discovered "several new possibilities" for the game. The extra time paid off, as it ended up winning IGN's Game of the Year award in 2017. Last fall, Naughty Dog delayed The Last of Us Part II just weeks after announcing its release date in order to bring the entire game up to "the level of polish" the studio aims for. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red's last major outing, contained a number of glitches and bugs throughout the experience. The game won IGN's Game of the Year award in 2015, despite those minor issues. It's possible the studio will use these next few months to try and fix as many of these small problems as they can. Now, we'll have to wait until September to meet Keanu Reeves in CD Projekt Red's next big adventure. Until then, here are some games to hold you over while you wait for Cyberpunk 2077. You can also check out everything else we know about Cyberpunk 2077. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=7-cyberpunk-games-to-play-while-youre-waiting-for-cyberpunk-2077&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN's weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.


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