Saturday Morning Gaming: Pleased to hear that Cyberpunk 2077 is being delayed
Remember back in 2013 when we talked about how Cyberpunk 2077 was probably coming out in 2015?
Man, the ONLY Cyberpunk 2077 thing we knew about at that point in time was this:
For YEARS. We had to put up with the CEO saying stuff like “we won’t even be ready to talk about Cyberpunk 2077 until Witcher 3 comes out.” And so Witcher 3 came out in 2015. So everybody looked to the CEO and he didn’t say anything.
Years pass again. Three of them. It wasn’t until 2018’s E3 that we get a demo and a new trailer:
Oh my gosh!, we all said. Surely it’s coming out in 2019! Well, in 2019, we got an even newer trailer (warning: strong language, graphic violence) at E3 and, more importantly, a release date: April 16, 2020.
Well, even at the time, I noticed something… well, something that I found troublesome. It was their jobs page. If you visited their jobs page, you saw tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of jobs. Enough that it made me say “that’s not a jobs page for a game that’s coming out anytime soon.” Then, in November, they tweeted this:
We’re looking for an exceptional, talented and experienced Cinematic Animator to join our outstanding team as an In-house Contractor. Sounds like something for you? Send us your application!
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) November 18, 2019
At the time, we said stuff like “Maybe this will be for DLC?” and, yeah, it’s true. Witcher 3’s DLC was AMAZING and large enough to be a game in and of itself… and yet…
Well, anyway, they tweeted this out 2 days ago (January 16th, 2020):
We have important news regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release date we’d like to share with you today. pic.twitter.com/aWdtR0grYV
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) January 16, 2020
They’ve changed the launch date. It is no longer April 16th, 2020. It is now September 17th, 2020.
I remember the most wonderful quotation from Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong): “A late game is only late until it ships. A bad game is bad until the end of time.”
After years and years of wondering if the game was EVER going to come out, I think it’s vaguely funny that I am now saying “oh, good! It’s been delayed!” but… man. If the game is good, it’ll be one of those games that not only changes my nights and weekends for a month (or two (or three (or four))). It will inspire other game companies to make games that will also cater to scratching the various itches that it looks like Cyberpunk 2077 is going to scratch.
I can wait. Something like that is worth waiting for.
So… what are you playing?