After the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt made a promise to change the way it markets its games, including talking about games closer to launch. The company’s latest investor calls saw it deliver on that promise, as it declined to offer dates for the next-gen versions of Cyberpunk and The Witcher 3, and wouldn’t even guarantee they won’t be carried over to 2022 if necessary.
Both Cyberpunk and Witcher 3 will receive new console updates in late 2021, something that CD Projekt reconfirmed during its latest financial reports. During a Live broadcast of earnings for the first half of 2021, one investor asked the company to be more specific about when those next-gen updates would arrive, or if they could be delayed until next year.
Vice President of Business Development Michał Nowakowski declined to be swayed by the questions, making it clear that it was part of CD Projekt’s new philosophy: “Our goal is to launch the next generation version of [Cyberpunk 2077] at the end of this year […] At the same time, considering the lessons we have learned over the past year, and considering that this project is still in development, we cannot say with complete certainty that the production schedule will not change, of course. .
“And with The Witcher 3, the situation is slightly different in a way that this is being addressed mainly by the external team, which is Saber Interactive, the company we have worked for. [with] before on Switch and also updates in the past. As with Cyberpunk 2077, our goal is to release that game by the end of 2021. However, similarly, [the] The development process is ongoing and we cannot be absolutely sure that the release schedule will not change. But for the moment, we are definitely targeting both titles for the end of 2021 and I don’t want to be more specific at this point. “
CD Projekt is clearly being very careful with the messages when those new versions of the games will arrive, but, at least in the case of Cyberpunk, the company is working towards a specific date of 2021, not simply making the new version without a deadline. . In another webcast, CEO Adam Kiciński explained:
“Following our promise to initiate communication closer to the actual releases, we do not want to say anything more about the next generation edition. [of Cyberpunk 2077] other than that, it is scheduled for the second half of the year. Of course, we have a specific date in mind internally, but it’s too early to say anything about it. “
After a botched launch that continues to cost CD Projekt a lot of money, the company has repeatedly said that it has learned great lessons on how to approach game launch. With the company now preparing to work on Cyberpunk and The Witcher simultaneously, at least we do. they have tentative signs that those lessons are being learned, which will hopefully lead to games arriving on schedule and at a sufficient level of quality.