The hotly anticipated new game from CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, was delayed last week. Initially announced for an April 2020 release, the game was pushed back in January to September 2020, instead. However, this week, the team announced that the game would be pushed back again, this time to November 2020. Fans, anxious to try their hands at the newest project from the storied developer, were frustrated, but generally understanding.
CD Projekt Red confirmed in the announcement for the delay that the game is essentially done. The extra development time is going to be used to further balance aspects of the gameplay and fix bugs. In a game as sprawling and massive as Cyberpunk, these kinds of bug fixes are understandable. The game was announced way back in 2013, so many fans are content to wait a few more months to get into Night City.
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The game is the first new title from the studio that created the Witcher series of video games. The games are based on novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The video games brought the stories to a global audience and the series has since exploded in popularity.
A well-received Netflix series starring Henry Cavill aired on December 20, 2019. The series was quite popular online, and led to an increase in interest in the third game in the series. Sprawling quests, a massive open world and a very engrossing story made the game a hit with reviewers and players alike.
Welcome to Night City
Like the Witcher, Cyberpunk is also based on an existing property. The tabletop roleplaying game Cyberpunk, which initially released in 1988, was created by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian games. In it, players control “Edgerunners,” extreme mercenaries and warriors of a grim near-future.
The cyberpunk genre was crystallized in the mid-80s by authors such as William Gibson, and made famous in films like Blade Runner. As a general rule, the genre focuses on titular “cyberpunks,” social outcasts living in a world of extreme wealth inequality. Stories set in the genre often revolve around social inequality, post-human mechanical augmentations and explorations of philosophy.
Cyberpunk 2077 promises a sprawling open world and frenetic, fast-paced gameplay. Ample pre-release materials released by CD Projekt Red have outlined some game mechanics. Hacking, sneaking through enemy-controlled areas and driving in the huge areas of the game are main draws for gamers.
Are You Ready?
The game is slated for release on November 19, 2020. It will be coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Stadia. It has also been confirmed that the game will eventually be released for the Xbox Series X and PS5 systems. Are you ready to step over the edge and enter Night City?