CD Projekt intends to release the “proper, full-blown next-gen version” of Cyberpunk 2077 in 2021 – and it will be free for both Xbox One and PS4 owners of the game.
On Thursday the company delayed the Cyberpunk 2077 release date for a second time, by nine weeks to November 19. The game will now be released for current-gen consoles around the same time as next-gen hardware is expected to launch.
According to the game’s developer, the current-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 will look better on the new consoles on day one, while a more significant next-gen release will improve performance further in 2021.
“The next-gen version is planned for the next year and the plans are still in place – we’ve never revealed specific dates, but it’s planned for the next year, so the delay doesn’t change much in this regard,” CD Projekt president Adam Kiciński told investors on Thursday.
CD Projekt’s SVP of business development, Michał Nowakowski, added: “It will look better on next-gen consoles from day one… I can confirm this is not the final update; at some point we will have a more robust update for next-gen which we plan to give free of charge to anyone who purchases the PS4 or Xbox One version.
“But in any case you will be able to play the game on the next-gen from November 19 when the game releases and it will look better than on current-gen from that moment as well.”
In the same call on Thursday, the developer said Cyberpunk 2077’s latest two-month delay will also push back the release of its post-release DLC expansions and multiplayer mode.
“We haven’t specifically mentioned the number of DLCs – we prefer to call them expansions as they’re bigger than typical DLCs – but of course the fact that the launch of CP77 has been moved will proportionately move the release of such potential expansions,” Nowakowski said.
The Polish company previously said the Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer game isn’t likely to arrive before 2022.
It has also said Cyberpunk 2077’s DLC and story expansions will be announced before the game’s release, as was the case with The Witcher 3.
It’s also confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have “no less DLC than The Witcher 3 had,” suggesting the sci-fi title will receive content equivalent to or bigger than two full story expansions and 16 DLC packs.
The Polish firm will hold a Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire stream on June 25, providing a new look at the much-anticipated open-world game.