Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed by CDPR three times this year alone, and technically we all should have played it last spring, if the schedule had stayed as it was supposed to. But it’s a massive game released in the middle of a pandemic, so it has been pushed back until December 10, 2020.
But even then, some players doubt it will be pushed back to the last minute until 2021, given the ‘cheat me three times’ situation we find ourselves in.
At this point, however, I think it’s finally time to say that we’ve passed the point of no return.
First, the last time there was a “last minute” delay was on October 27, which delayed the game from November 19 to December 10. It’s now November 22, just 19 days away from the new launch date, which is about a week. past the period when the CDPR announced the latest delay.
At some point you need to start shipping games to retail, and that has already started happening during this time as we start to see retail leaks of the game in nature (watch out for spoilers). It gets to a point where you can’t hold up a game anymore once you literally start boxing and shipping it to Best Buy, Amazon and GAME and all over the world. Even though the industry is moving towards mostly digital versions, retail still exists and as such doesn’t allow a ton of flexibility as we near launch.
I understand why people would be wary of another potential delay after the last three, but I really believe we’re at a point where December 10th now seems like a day that you can firmly mark on your calendar, go to work for, etc. It’s just too late to push it through to 2021, and obviously CDPR doesn’t want to miss the entire Christmas season from a sales standpoint, which their investors would crucify them for (their stock has already been squashed for the number of delays experienced to date).
I’m absolutely sure CDPR will patch the game a lot of times at launch and after, as the game is coming relatively “hot” it seems, but that’s normal for any big AAA game these days.
Marketing, distribution, the holiday calendar all say December 10th is the ‘safe’ date to really believe in now, although I really don’t want to have to eat that post if they somehow get there. another to take away football. But right now it feels like they literally can’t, because we’re too close to launch and too much is on the move. December 10. Count on it.
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