It marks a second delay for the game this year, after it slipped from its originally targeted April release to September.
“Those of you who are familiar with the way we make games know that we won’t ship something which is not ready,” CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński and head of studio Adam Badowski said in a joint statement released on Thursday.
“‘Ready when it’s done’ is not just a phrase we say because it sounds right, it’s something we live by even when we know we’ll take the heat for it.
“At the same time, we are fully aware that making such a decision costs us your trust and trading trust for additional time is one of the hardest decisions a game developer can make.
“And despite we think it’s the right decision for the game, we’d still like to apologize for making you wait longer.
UPDATE: In a conference call discussing the news in further detail, CD Projekt said the game’s delay will also push back the release of Cyberpunk 2077 DLC expansions and multiplayer, while the company 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.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: “At the time of writing these words, Cyberpunk 2077 is finished both content and gameplay-wise,” they added.
“But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out and we will spend the additional time doing exactly that.”
Following a switch to remote working, CD Projekt president Adam Kiciński said in April that the company remained on track to hit the game’s previously targeted September release for current-gen consoles and PC.
CD Projekt also intends to release a “proper, full-blown next-gen version” of Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox Series X and PS5, but it won’t be a launch game.
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.