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Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed yet again. CD Projekt RED's ambitious sci-fi RPG has been nudged back by three weeks from November 19th to December 10th in order to iron out some last minute creases.
"This is the time where many improvements are being made which will be distributed via a Day 0 patch," CDPR said in a statement last night. "This is the time period we undercalculated. We feel we have an amazing game on our hands and are willing to make every decision, even the hardest ones, if it ultimately leads to you getting a video game you'll fall in love with."
A few snide comments and negative vibes aside, the overwhelming consensus from the fans so far has been that CDPR should take that extra time, and that we can all wait three weeks longer. Unfortunately, one of the unavoidable upshots of Cyberpunk 2077 coming on December 10th means that it's no longer eligible for 2020 Game Of The Year... at least at The Game Awards, which is widely considered to be The Big One.
The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley confirmed what we'd all suspected. Because The Game Awards 2020 takes place on December 11th, there simply won't be enough time to fairly and accurately assess Cyberpunk 2077 for this year's awards. As such it'll have to be considered next year instead. The same thing happened in 2018 with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which had to be included in the 2019 awards because of its December release date.
Much like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a few years ago, Cyberpunk 2077 will first be eligible at next year's Game Awards. https://t.co/1gV1J4sDpV- Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) October 27, 2020
Of course at this stage we have absolutely no idea if Cyberpunk 2077 was ever going to be considered for Game Of The Year. While previews have been largely positive, not a single soul has been able to spend more than a few hours with the game. After all this hype, there's every chance it could end up being not very good at all. I obviously hope that's not the case... but isn't it a little bananas that most of assumed Cyberpunk 2077 would be in the running for GOTY 2020 just like that?
The Game Awards has yet to announce its nominations for the 2020 winner, but we'd imagine critically-acclaimed games like The Last Of Us Part II and Hades will put in an appearance. Beyond that, who can say? I'd certainly hope to see Ori & The Will Of The Wisps in there, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a major hit that will likely get a look-in. For now, we'll have to wait and see.
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