Witcher 3 delay does not affect Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski says development on Cyberpunk 2077 is "not really affected" by recent delay of fantasy role-playing game.

[UPDATE and CORRECTION] An earlier version of this story stated that Cyberpunk 2077 is officially confirmed for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. GameSpot regrets the error.

The original story is below.

The delay of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will not materially affect development on CD Projekt Red's other major role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077, CEO of the Polish studio Marcin Iwinski has said.

"Cyberpunk 2077 is developed by a separate team within CD Projekt Red, so the development of Cyberpunk 2077 is not really affected," Iwinski told GameSpot today. Cyberpunk 2077 is "probably" coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

But that's not the full story. Because The Witcher 3 is such a large project, some Cyberpunk 2077 developers have moved over to The Witcher team to help get the product out the door.

"In order to ship a huge RPG we do use help of certain team members between teams. It works this way between Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3," he said.

These developers bounce between teams to finalize "key" elements and features, he said. This is a standard development practice and The Witcher 3's delay is not going to impact in any significant way development on Cyberpunk 2077. "So no harm done here," he explained.

"We are working hard to deliver an outstanding RPG and rest assured, that all the learnings on The Witcher 3 are being applied to the Cyberpunk 2077 development," Iwinski said.

The Witcher 3 was expected to launch this fall, but CD Projekt Red delayed the game yesterday to February 2015 so the team could achieve a level of quality that will set it apart from other role-playing games. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red has not announced a release date of any kind for Cyberpunk 2077, which the studio calls a "true RPG."

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113 comments
hyfrin
hyfrin

CD Project RED disappointed me. I agree with the opinions @down. They don't think about gamers but only about their profits. I would love toplay The Witcher 3 buthow muchI can waitfor the premiere? And now theypop out ofthedelay. In Febryary The Witcher 3 don't havetoo manycompetition.

bombjack2013
bombjack2013

Maybe they had a good reason that delayed the premiere for 2015. On the other hand a little messed up unless players telling them to wait that long. I hope this is just to refine and fine-tune all the bugs. Well, that Dragon Age and the Lords of the Fallen comes out on time, it will be what to do: D

ginobili1
ginobili1

This is sad. Did CDPR overpromise and now are having a hard time delivering? Maybe cuz their shot to fame is causing all these delays.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

I didn't realised Cyberpunk had a release date? If not, can it really be delayed?

MN121MN
MN121MN

Is this due to

a. Product requiring polishing

or

b. Product requiring waiting time from DA3 release?

rakax
rakax

i give up i dont care about witcher anymore this is torture and i dont have nerves for it anymore im hoping to see DA3 too


hadlee73
hadlee73

Noooo stop showing articles with screenshots of the gorgeous Witcher 3. You're making me sad, lol

Vambran
Vambran

Well i hope Dragon Age 3 comes out this year then. Kinda sick of buying non stop FPS for my new consoles.

diego_corleone
diego_corleone

The pc beggars complaining about the title of the article too?

They steal games, who cares for their opinion?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I just hope Cyberpunk makes it out before 2016.

XX-Master-XX
XX-Master-XX

Well, since not even a tentative release window for Cyberpunk was not provided in the first place, it's easy to say it hasn't been delayed. If we never knew when it was meant to come out, how would we ever know? That said, I wouldn't care even if it was delayed, I trust in CD Projekt Red to make both games as amazing as they could possibly be, if they need more time to work on it, I can certainly live with that!

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

The Witcher 3 + Steamworkshop support would be glorious. But Nexus will do too.

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

Bittersweet about the game since it's the last of the series.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Why list the console platforms in the title?

Surely "Wicher 3 delay doesn't effect Cyberpunk 2077" is shorter and easier to read? Exactly what the title of an article is supposed to be like.

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

the ranking gamespot is mentioning for the platforms is completely wrong. pc should be named first, since its lead platform and will have graphics above 1080p/60fps. then its ps4. and after that there is no other platform worth mentioning. :p

Damazig
Damazig

Even smarter were they, to make sure that the Witcher 3 really really needs to be a great game with good acceptance from gamers, otherwise they might pull a "Bioware".

With what Bioware did with Dragon Age 1 to Dragon Age 2, or the debacle of the Mass Effect 3 ending,resulting with a lot of pissed off fans on their hands.


If that happened to the Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 would most likely end up doing bad in terms of sales, and that would be much harder for CD Projekt Red to endure, as Bioware is now part of EA, they have to money to back it up for a few more fails, but then if they dont recover, they might do what they tipically do, fire everyone and shutting down Bioware.

indraneel2040
indraneel2040

CDProjekt red is a good developer as well as the Intelligent one:-),,,,,,,, so they delayed the Witcher 3 because of Dragon Age Inquisition.,,as reason in from  2014 to all along 2015,,,there are no competing RPG,,,,of the level of Biowares --Dragon Age Inquisition and Witcher 3--CDPR,,,,,,so strategically CDPR is intelligently  delayed to 2015 feb,, so no competition,,,,to Witcher 3,,in 2015,,,,Clever CDPR,,,and ,, I fully support it as they are working hard,,and they need good sales to paid off the hard work,,,,,,,Nice strategy CDPR.....,,,,,,Aand i want Witcher 3 to be massive hit,,so that CyberPunk....comes with more worth every penny of gamers....:-) 


Note ---i gave a exact insight,,,,take or leave,,but sure to support--good DEVs,,a little late but gives us a reward of good experience:-)



aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

This works for me, both titles are set for 2015, and I'll be upgrading my PC in late 2014. These are going to be 2 RPGs from a company that KNOWS how to do RPGs. Love it. Upset by having to wait longer, but I know the game will be better for it, so like he says, "No harm, no foul."


What's really sad is if W3:WH ends up truly being the end of the line in games for Geralt. He's a great character, and I love the lore from the series; would be sad for it to be the last.

mjorh
mjorh

I'd like to see more trailers of these two games especially Cyberpunk....

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

I hope so. There are barely any RPGs I'm interested in and waiting longer for another one would be really dissapointing.

19James89
19James89

Who gives a raccoons batty crease about this game? I want a Portal 3.

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

2 of my most anticipated games . keep up the good work CD red Projeckt . i have 120$ right here to give you .

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

Cyberpunk 2077 is the game from CD Projekt that I'm really looking forward to.  Witcher 3 may be good, but the first and second one never really did anything to me at all. Cyberpunk looks new and refreshing though and I'm really looking forward to it.

endorbr
endorbr

Cluttered article title is cluttered.  Do we really need the: "Xbox One, PS4 and PC game" description?

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Good news.  Sort of.  Delays are usually bad news, but it can also be positive.  I'm more looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 than Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

GarGx1
GarGx1

I'm still a follower of the id philosophy of games development, 'It's ready when it's ready'. Forced release dates are to keep publishers and investors happy. 

vlad_rome
vlad_rome

@bombjack2013   Lol... They care more about the game that has release date in late 2015-2016!

They should move some gamedev's from CP2077 to support W3 production! But who cares...

You know what is the reason of W3 delay? Money! Didn't You noticed, that there is many titles on nexgen's that are delayed?The only reason of all this delays - Witcher 3 too - is that nexgens are not as popular, as dev thougth they will be. So they wait until there will be more nexgen consoles sold. That's all.They don't care about quality, about players, they don't care even about opinion about them. They just care about the money.

gawdzila
gawdzila

@HapiJoel Sure it can.  Just because there is no release date doesn't mean that the development can't suffer a setback.  I think all that was meant is that the delay had nothing to do with the engine, or any other assets that CP and Witcher have in common.

gawdzila
gawdzila

@MN121MN I don't think they're afraid of competition from DA3.  Not to say that DA3 won't be an amazing game in its own right, but I don't know that they'll steal sales from each other.  Those two are my most anticipated games of the year and I was looking forward to owning them both.  Now I guess DA3 will sustain me until W3 comes out :)

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Damnation_6

Can't say it would be glorious for CD Projekt Red to give Gabe his 30% cut. Instead of being shylocked by Steam lets have the game in stores, like the previous one, with a novel, strategy guide and a map. For once that a developer does something right...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@SoulxReaperx366  Apart from Dark Souls II which will be landing on my doorstep Friday (I hope) it is one of the few games I actually get totally excited about!

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

@indraneel2040  That would be true if Inquisition could hold a candle to the Witcher series, but it cannot. Not only that, Inquisition is another EA title, which means loss sales due to Origin-only release. CDPR are not stupid; they will maximize their sales by selling on Steam and Origin. They are smarter than EA.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

@indraneel2040  wtf is up with your writing. i can't even read that.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@indraneel2040  I don't think the delay has anything to do with Dragon Age Inquistion.  Planning releases based on what the competition is doing is stupid or you're are offering an inferior product.  I think a poll of RPG gamers would show more people are interested in Witcher 3 than in DAI.  DA2 really soured alot of people on that series.  CDPR was trying to hit the Christmas 2014 window, but felt their game wouldn't be ready, so they delayed it.  The Christmas window is more lucrative than a release in the 1st Quarter of a year.  

deathstream
deathstream

@aegis_kleais  


You could read the books, but I STRONGLY recommend that you learn Polish and read the original versions.  

tomservo51
tomservo51

@vlad_rome @bombjack2013  Did you even read the story? Getting a game out sooner also means less competition from other games so your logic is flawed.

xdluffy
xdluffy

Hold the phone dragon age doesnt hold a candle to witcher? Dont make me laugh

gawdzila
gawdzila

@deathstream @aegis_kleaisLOL, that's a lot of effort for a book. And even then, I don't think a non-native speaker would get very much extra out of it by learning Polish.  Every language comes with a huge amount of knowledge and familiarity with phrases, colloquialisms, sayings, proverbs, and connotations or subtleties in various words that are meaningful for people who use that language every day, but for whom someone with "book knowledge" of the language wouldn't pick up.

bombjack2013
bombjack2013

@tomservo51  Explain the delay that in February they will not have competition is a little weak. The Witcher has enough brand that does not need to worry about competition. More worried by the fact that not exaggerated with this improvements  everything. 

gawdzila
gawdzila

@igorphoenix @xdluffyI don't blame BioWare for DA2s shortcomings at all.  Frankly I think they rescued it in a lot of ways; it was a strong game in a few very important respects, but EA's short development window for them ended up hamstringing it.  This time EA looks like they're giving them all the time they need, so I have no doubts that DA3 is going to be hugely, epically awesome.

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@xdluffy  well, it could theoretically, but after DA2... can't say about everybody but I'm skeptical about Inquisition. And EA as a publisher won't do the project any good, they know how to screw things up.

Witcher on the other hand looks really good at this point. Maybe too good to be true but it's CDPR we're talking about, they know what they're doing.

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@xdluffy  They are both good games/IPs but BioWare has screwed us over one too many times.