CD Projekt can't guarantee next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 upgrades will arrive...

midian182

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A hot potato: It's no secret that Cyberpunk 2077 disappointed many people, especially those unfortunate enough to have bought a copy for a last-gen console, but developer CD Projekt said next-gen (or current-gen, to be more accurate) versions of both its futuristic RPG and The Witcher 3 would arrive this year. Now, however, the company warns that it can't guarantee they will launch in 2021.

Witcher 3 fans were excited by last September's news that the game would be getting a remaster for current-gen platforms. Not only will it be free to owners of the console versions, but an enhanced PC edition is also being given away to those who own a copy on the platform.

CD Projekt Red made the same offer to Cyberpunk 2077 owners in June, which should bring a more PC-like version of the game to the PS5 and XBSX/S.

As one might expect, these upgraded versions promise to take advantage of all the latest hardware available, from improved effects, including ray tracing in the case of The Witcher 3, to faster loading times.

Both the updates are supposed to launch later this year, and that's still the target, but in its latest H1 2021 results call (via VGC), CD Projekt SVP of business development, Michał Nowakowski, warned that the next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 update might not arrive in 2021. "Keeping in mind the lessons we have learned during the past year and taking into account that this project still remains in development, we can't say with full certainty that the production schedule will not change," he said.

It's a similar story with The Witcher 3's upgrade, which is in the hands of an external company. "With The Witcher 3, the situation is slightly different in the way that this is being tackled by the external team mainly, which is Saber Interactive, the company that we have worked with before on Switch and also with updates in the past," Nowakowski added.

"As with Cyberpunk 2077, our goal is to release that game still in late 2021. However, similarly, the development process is ongoing, and we cannot be absolutely dead certain that the release schedule will not change. But for the time being, we definitely are aiming with both titles for late 2021 and I don't want to be more specific at this moment in time."

CD Projekt confirmed that over a third of the company is working on the Cyberpunk 2077 upgrade in addition to supporting the original game, the latter of which recently received its biggest patch to date bundled with some DLC. But given that the new content was little more than an alternate appearance for Johnny Silverhand, two new Jackets for V, and a new vehicle called the Archer Quartz "Bandit," those hoping for more were far from happy.

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Kosmoz

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Delay them until they are in great shape. Not like the game was at launch and not just "good enough" either.

Better later, in 2022 then another fiasco...
 

Dimitriid

Posts: 1,132   +2,146
I don't think "Next gen" upgrades are the answer here: 2077 is hurting for *content* and not just fancier graphics: it already is one of the most if not the most demanding game for benchmarking purposes and certainly good enough.

It's sad because they might be trying to do better, but they're still fundamentally completely misunderstanding what made em a popular company in the past and it was the great, abundant, well thought out content as in story, gameplay, expansions, etc.

Now they've given up and are basically becoming Skyrim modders: every year there's a new technology to enhance visuals they add it in yet so few work on actual content for it and it remains a tired husk of a game that when modded is great to look at but there's nothing to do. But at least it's been 10 years of Skyrim and it already feels the same for 2077 not even a year into it.
 

QuantumPhysics

Posts: 5,293   +6,019
I bought CYBERPUNK on release day.

I played through it - twice- on Corpo and Streetkid.

I really enjoyed it.

I suffered no game breaking bugs or glitches. The only glitches I had were very minor.

I give the game four stars out of five. My only problem with the game is at the main story is annoying to play through while the side quests are extremely good.
 

Sausagemeat

Posts: 840   +669
I played through cyberpunk at 30-60 fps at 1080p and loved it. It’s been a long time since I’ve tolerated such low settings for game but when you’re into a game it doesn’t matter. For me it’s one of the best games released on PC over the last year or so. Now if only I could get my hands on a nice RTX GPU then I can play it again with all the lovely ray tracing options.

Also crazy to hear they are improving the Witcher 3. I hope they bring these updates to the PC.
 

Bl00dyMinded

Posts: 349   +484
I bought CYBERPUNK on release day.

I played through it - twice- on Corpo and Streetkid.

I really enjoyed it.

I suffered no game breaking bugs or glitches. The only glitches I had were very minor.

I give the game four stars out of five. My only problem with the game is at the main story is annoying to play through while the side quests are extremely good.
Just curious, did you play this on your 3090 FTW3?