It’s not an exaggeration to say that Cyberpunk 2077 is one of CD Projekt Red’s most anticipated games ever. Announced at E3 2018 and promoted by Keanu Reeves himself at E3 2019, the futuristic RPG has already topped Witcher 3 in preorder sales. It’s been a rather rocky wait – the game has been delayed twice already, first to September 17, then to November 19. The wait hasn’t been enough to derail the hype train, though. In the words of the wise Shigeru Miyamoto, “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”
Delays aren’t going to be an issue anymore though – not according to CD Projekt Rekt CEO Adam Kiciński. In a recent financial conference call, he dove into questions surrounding Cyberpunk 2077 as the studio comes closer and closer to its November release date. “Yes, we are confirming (a next-gen version) and, well, actually today we started preparing for the final certification, so we’re very close,” answered Kiciński when asked about further potential delayed to the game. “Of course we’ll work on the title till the very end; that’s kind of normal. It’s a huge game, but as we said – everything is on track and we’re planning to launch it on 19 November.”
Besides the confirmation of the game’s final release date as well as a next-gen version coming in 2021, the CD Projekt Red CEO also went in-depth about how microtransactions would be handled in Cyberpunk. “The goal is to design monetization in a way that makes people happy to spend money,” said Kiciński when asked how the developer would handle monetization of multiplayer in Cyberpunk 2077. “I’m not trying to be cynical or hide something; it’s about creating a feeling of value. Same as with our single-player games: we want gamers to be happy while spending money on our products.” While we don’t know everything about how multiplayer will be handled, we do know this much – it’ll only be released after additional DLCs for the game come out, and it’ll be treated as its own game (like Red Dead Redemption Online).
Several other key questions about Cyberpunk were also answered within this call – Cyberpunk 2077 and its next-gen version will both cost $60 USD, not the $70 price that some have been speculating about. The topic of DLC was also covered. “As we are close to the release, expect the post-release plans to be revealed fairly soon; a series of free DLCs
and expansions will be described – as I said, you can expect it fairly soon and then everything will be made clear,” said Kiciński.