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Coachella. E3 2020. GDC. Common courtesy. Loo roll. If you can imagine it, the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has probably cancelled it. There's no doubt about it, this is serious business we're dealing with right now - but it's not all bad news.
I know video games might not be the most important thing to talk about right now, but I hope it comes as a small comfort to some of you to learn that Cyberpunk 2077 will not be delayed as a result of coronavirus. The CD Projekt RED sci-fi RPG is still on track to meet its September 17th release date, so that's... something.
CD Projekt Red, like a number of business in the last week or so, made the wise decision to get their employees to start working from home. This, of course, is in an effort to maintain social distancing and limit the spread of the virus while scientists work on a vaccine. The studio issued a statement explaining that the decision was made to keep its team safe, and that the work from home policy would remain in place indefinitely.
Clearly anticipating some of your concerns, the company also added that it doesn't expect this new policy to affect the release date of Cyberpunk 2077. See for yourself below.
Many of you are probably wondering how things are at CD PROJEKT RED right now. Here's a short update. pic.twitter.com/aWfHobgtoM- CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) March 16, 2020
While it's certainly nice to hear that Cyberpunk 2077 is on track to meet its release date, it's even more heartening to see how a lot of people responded to this news.
Sure, there are the usual idiots grumbling and groaning and complaining about potential delays, but there are even more people who want to the studio to know that it should absolutely push the game back a little further if it feels that's necessary. It's obvious we're heading into some uncertain times over the next few weeks (or even months), so it's important to just be kind to one another, isn't it?
Cyberpunk 2077 was originally supposed to launch in April, before CD Projekt RED announced in January that it was to be pushed back to September. In a statement, the company explained that the game was technically "complete and playable," but that there was still work to be done. This, it seems, all comes down to the size of the game's open world, which we understand is supposed to be massive.
In other CD Projekt RED related news, it was recently revealed that the company plans to start work on a brand-new game set in The Witcher universe after work on Cyberpunk 2077 wraps up properly. While it's unlikely be The Witcher 4, I'm incredibly excited to see CDPR return to the fantasy world - particularly because it's likely to be a next-gen title.
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