Cyberpunk 2077 delayed again — and people are pissed

Cyberpunk 2077 has gone gold
(Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

Cyberpunk 2077, at this rate, will be released in its eponymous year of 2077 with the highly anticipated game being delayed for the third time. According to an official CD Projeckt Red tweet, Cyberpunk 2077 has been pushed back 21 days.

The tweet, signed by Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwiński, includes an apology to fans for the many setbacks that have plagued Cyberpunk 2077. Badowski and Iwiński knew this delay would incite an avalanche of questions, so they addressed them preemptively in the tweet.

When will Cyberpunk 2077 be released?

As of this writing, CD Projeckt Red is poised to release Cyberpunk 2077 on Dec. 10, which has changed from its former Nov. 19 launch date. 

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Badowski and Iwiński delved into why Cyberpunk 2077 was pushed back: "The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test 9 versions of it." In other words, Cyberpunk developers will have to test the game's compatibility on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PS4, PS5, PC and Stadia and more — all while working from home.

In early October, we reported that Cyberpunk 2077 passed certification and "went gold," which led many to believe that the highly anticipated game is consumer-ready with a solidified release date, but CD Projekt Red cleared that up.

"Passing certification means the game is ready, can be completed and has all the content in it, but it doesn't mean we stop working on it and raising the quality bar." The tweet went on to say that, during the post-gold period, developers continue to tweak and tinker with the game until it's satisfactory. It's this time period, however, that CD Projekt Red "undercalculated." It's taking a lot longer than they anticipated.

After the announcement, social media exploded with miffed users, censuring the CD Projekt Red team for confirming the short-lived Nov. 19 release date; many fans took off from work on Nov. 19 to play the long-awaited game.

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CD Projekt Red knew this decision would ruffle a lot of feathers, but ultimately, the Polish video-game developer maintains that it was a necessary decision to bring a high-quality game to fans.

Kimberly Gedeon

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!