In a letter, the studio stated "we won't ship something which is not ready," while taking responsibility over the extended wait for players. They added CyberPunk 2077 should be a game "that will stay with you for years to come," and hoped fans would understand the reasons behind the new release date.
Its first release date was originally announced for April 16, 2020 at E3 2019 by actor Keanu Reeves, who plays Cyberpunk 2077 character Johnny Silverhand. Further development later set CD Projekt Red's second release date to September 17, 2020 for quality purposes. The studio is not stranger to delaying their acclaimed games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from 2014 to 2015 while citing improvements to quality as a factor.
CyberPunk 2077 follows on many of the action RPG elements from The Witcher 3, under a futuristic neo-noir setting while players become an augmented mercenary. The game is marks CD Projekt Red's attempt at a first person shooter complete with a new open world to explore.
In a 2018 interview, Cyberpunk 2077 director Maciej Pietras told CGM the game was incredibly complex while its team took their time in crafting a city for every kind of player. This would be done through an incredible attention to detail which makes characters and environments react differently to players depending on their methods.
Its prolific gameplay reveal would allude to CD Projekt Red's scope for CyberPunk 2077, with player choices being a core mechanic to its overall experience. Players also trade an iconic Witcher for their own customizable character who makes an impact to Night City.
CyberPunk 2077 is now coming out to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 19, 2020. Its next-generation versions for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are expected sometime around Holiday 2020 as players can also receive free next-gen upgrades.