Cyberpunk 2077 was first teased back in 2012, and since 2018 has been showcased with huge fanfare as a new open world franchise likened to GTA if it were set in a dystopian future.
The game was initially set for release in April this year, but was then pushed back to September, then November, and now… December 10th. Here’s the latest statement put out by makers CD Projekt Red:
We have important news to share with you pic.twitter.com/qZUaD6IwmM
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020
Gamers are especially pissed because following the previous delay, CD Projekt Red confirmed multiple times that the game was complete and another delay was out of the question, which meant many people had booked days off work in November so they could binge the fuck out of it.
Here’s some of the reaction:
This is one of the most unprofessional situation I’ve ever witnessed. I’m not even mad for the delay itself but 20 days before the release Come on! Are you fucking toying with us? You just throw out of the window your reputation as a consumer friendly company.
— Stefano Panizzi (@StefanoPanizzi) October 27, 2020
— Machadinho.DETONA🪓👨🦼 (@Machadinho_br) October 27, 2020
just refunded the purchase. There is no point in buying a game from a dev who cannot keep their promise.
When we were kids, we’ve learnt a valuable lesson from THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF story.
I don’t think I’ll ever buy another game from this studio.
— crumb (@LilBlazeyVert) October 27, 2020
I understand the decision but… a lot of us I’m sure asked for a time off on our jobs to be able to play this game since you guys have said no more delays was going to happen. I have a lot on my mind with this decision.
— 엠마누엘 (@BillitoSlayer) October 27, 2020
— MÁÁV (@STGHMAAV) October 27, 2020
It’s not good is it though man, people book time off work for this, just yesterday this happened, can we stop release dates? It’s like games are shipped with delays as a fucking preorder bonus pic.twitter.com/MSTZHMRxnM
— Ash (@AshOfHyrule) October 27, 2020
Cancelling my pre order now. 🖕 4th time this game has been pushed back. All my hype as been killed by this. I’m done waiting. Might pick the game up when it’s on sale for like $20 bucks. Not giving $60+ dollars to a company that does nothing but lie.
— Aegon (@poetwilson) October 27, 2020
I took off a whole week for this. Y’all terrible.
— 🕸 Jason VoorFlees 🕷 (@FatherFlee) October 27, 2020
Jeez, what a bunch of babies! I get that we need all the home entertainment we can get in these times of lockdown and quarantine, but imagine being upset that a developer is taking the time to make a game the best version it can be. Shit happens. If the game were released unfinished or broken, surely that would be infinitely worse than having to wait another month for it (even with all the delays before then).
CD Projekt Red came under fire earlier this year when it announced staff would have to work overtime to finish the game – known in the industry as “crunch”. It had previously promised not to impose that kind of demand on its staff, but I guess when you’re trying to hit release dates and have people on the internet bitching and moaning 24/7, you’re not really left with much choice.
In any case, it looks as though the December 10 release date is for real this time. Here’s a look at some of the gameplay they’ve put out – late contender for Game of the Year?
You will also be able to customise your genitals, take drugs and shag prostitutes. GTA V – eat your heart out.