28 October 2020 18:36
Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed to December to improve its performance on PS4 and Xbox One, according to reports from CD Projekt Red's latest financial conference call. Polish news site Pap Biznes attended the call which was hosted by CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski and other members of the company's executive leadership. According to its writeup, the executives explained that "this situation is different" compared to Cyberpunk 2077's previous delays: while the game plays well on PC and next-gen consoles, the company needs more time to make sure Cyberpunk 2077 is also satisfactory on current-gen systems. The official delay announcement from yesterday lines up with this message, citing the difficulty of testing the game across nine versions and two console generations: "Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly," the announcement read. Kicinski said in the call that "we are firm" on delivering on the new release date of December 10, and that releasing on November 19 would have been possible and still is.
But this way the game will hopefully make a better early impression, which will make a big impact in the long run: "The decision was not easy but we know there is just one release and the first impression is crucial." Kicinski added that CD Projekt Red plans to implement some organizational changes to its technical departments in response to the delay, as "too many things were put together at late stages." CD Projekt Red recently announced that Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed and will release on December 10. The game had gone Gold earlier this month where the developers promised 'no more delays are happening.' Clearly, this did not age well. Fans lashed out at CD Projekt RED following this disappointing piece of news. Although, apart from the backlash, the game has been dealt another blow. The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley announced on Twitter that Cyberpunk 2077 will now be eligible for the Game Awards 2021.
"Much like Super Smash Bros. Much like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a few years ago, Cyberpunk 2077 will first be eligible at next year's Game Awards. — Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) October 27, 2020 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches on December 7 and Cyberpunk 2077 launches on December 10. Since this year's Game Awards is scheduled for December 10, it seems that the games launched in December 2020 will be eligible for next year's event. This is definitely a huge blow to CDPR, who were definitely the favorites to win the GOTY award. Also Read: "You Have to Make Some Hard Decisions"- Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Responds to 'Content Cut' Although, CP 2077 has already won the 'Best RPG Game of the Year' award at Gamescom 2020. But it was still bound to a specific category and didn't take the win across genres. Additionally, The Game Awards is a highly prestigious event. This makes it a huge deal in the gaming industry. Consequently, even if individual publishers call CP 2077 their GOTY for 2020, it still won't be considered for the GOTY at The Game Awards 2020. Cyberpunk 2077 being excluded from The Game Awards is confusing There is also a slight confusion regarding the game's eligibility. As reported by Gamerant, Geoff had recently commented on the eligibility criteria for winning the GOTY on Kinda Funny's We Have Cool Friends podcast. Any game launched before the end of 2020 is eligible for the GOTY award, according to Geoff. Considering CP 2077 also releases before 2020 ends (hopefully), it should be eligible for the same. There is definitely some discrepancy here which needs to be addressed. Geoff has replied to several comments, saying that the eligibility criteria are not the calendar year. This supports his announcement for not including Cyberpunk 2077 in the 2020 Game Awards. But this still doesn't make sense, considering he has given a contradictory take on the podcast. Sure, but our awards are not based on the full calendar year. No our eligibility is not for the calendar year. Grammys and Oscars and Tonys aren't on a calendar year either. — Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) October 28, 2020 Nevertheless, it seems that Cyberpunk will miss out on a huge opportunity. This definitely makes TLOU 2, Ghost of Tsushima, AC Valhalla, Genshin Impact, and Watch Dogs: Legion the top contenders for the same. Hopefully, there will be more clarity on this soon.