CD Projekt has announced that it will take longer to develop new-gen versions of its two most popular games. Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt native editions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S have been delayed until next year.
These delays were revealed as part of a CD Projekt website update to investors. The upgraded version of Cyberpunk 2077 will be released in Q1 2022, while Witcher 3 fans will have to wait until Q2 2022 to experience Geralt of Rivia on the latest console hardware. Here’s the complete delay quote from CDPR’s website. (Note – CDPR has translated this announcement from its original Polish-language version):
CD PROJEKT S.A. (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) wishes to provide an update regarding its publication schedule for 2021 as concerns the release of dedicated versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for next-gen consoles (Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5). The Management Board of the Company hereby announces that, based on recommendations supplied by persons supervising the development, it has decided to allocate additional time to both projects. The Company currently intends to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 in the first quarter of 2022, and the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the second quarter of 2022.
CD Projekt is no stranger to taking its time when it comes to game development. Before its tumultuous release last December, Cyberpunk 2077 was famously in development for many years. The PlayStation 4 version was pulled from the digital PlayStation Store due to technical issues and player dissatisfaction with the console ports (it has since been restored to the PSN store), and new refunding policies had to be implemented.
It’s worth noting that there are currently framerate improvements available when playing Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles, but no further improvements will be available until the console native versions are released next year.