Rumour: Cyberpunk delayed because of current-gen limitations24th January 2020
An insider has claimed the reasoning behind Cyberpunk 2077’s delay lies in the fact current-generation consoles can’t support it.
Polish developer CD Projekt Red recently announced its hotly anticipated game – originally set for release in April – would not be hitting the shelves until September.
It noted that, while it was playable, there was still work to be done such as finishing play testing, fixing certain aspects and polishing the overall product.
“We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect,” a spokesman said.
Borys Niespielak has since gone public with his belief the real reason behind the delay is because current-gen consoles cannot support the title, according to a podcast he appeared on which was later translated in reports.
With the PS5 and Xbox Series X both set to launch in the holiday season at the end of the year, this would lend credibility to the speculation but a September release would still mean Cyberpunk arrives before the next-gen machines.
This is particularly undermined by CD Projekt’s comments stating it wants this game to be its “crowning achievement for this generation”.
Though, this could mean the developer is looking for solutions to optimise it without having to downgrade the game.
Considering the PS5 has been confirmed to be backwards compatible – meaning PS4 games will run on it – the studio could be bearing this in mind so players who want the fullest experience can wait a couple of months to pick it up for the next-gen PlayStation.
Niespielak also reportedly claims the issue predominantly lies with the Xbox One – not the One X – and might not necessarily be related to the PS4.
The developer had a deadline of January to resolve the issue otherwise it would have to be delayed, which it now has been.
The veracity of Nisespielak’s claims remain unclear and it would be wise to take them with a grain of salt until CD Projekt Red confirms anything itself.
He did, however, appear on the podcast on camera – which was then uploaded to a channel with 1.4 million subscribers.
If it gains significant traction, it may force the Polish developer to address the claims.
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