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CD Projekt Red has had a bit of a rough year. Following the messy launch of one of the most highly anticipated games of all time, Cyberpunk 2077, the company has to earn back the trust of fans. Other than the VR Witcher game the company has been working on, CD Projekt Red seems to be mainly retreading old development ground at the moment. It needs to launch improved versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 for new-gen consoles and although initially touting a 2021 launch date for both, it seems they're not fully committed yet.
In the CD Projekt H1 2021 results call surmising the plans and goals the developers have missed, met or are aiming towards, the company's SVP of business development, Michał Nowakowski, made no promises about the release of the new-gen updates of their two largest games.
In case you somehow missed it, here is what Cyberpunk 2077 looked like at release...
As VGC transcribed from the call: "The target is to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 late this year. At the same time, keeping in mind the lessons we have learned during the past year and taking into account that this project still remains in development, we can't say with full certainty that the production schedule will not change."
The "lessons" they've learned certainly consist of not pushing to release something before it's ready which, in some ways, is a good thing. But it does mean fans may be waiting into 2022 to see Geralt and V again. But speaking of Geralt, that update is being handled mainly by another team, so is working on a different timeline.
"With The Witcher 3, the situation is slightly different in the way that this is being tackled by the external team mainly, which is Saber Interactive, the company that we have worked with before on Switch and also with updates in the past.
"As with Cyberpunk 2077, our goal is to release that game still in late 2021. However, similarly, the development process is ongoing, and we cannot be absolutely dead certain that the release schedule will not change. But for the time being, we definitely are aiming with both titles for late 2021 and I don't want to be more specific at this moment in time."
So. though CD Projekt hopes that the games will be hitting consoles by the end of the year, it's not prepared to promise anything. It's not a surprise really - if I had been through what the developers had in the last year, I'd stop promising milestones too. But let's all collectively hope that the updates arrive both in a timely fashion and do the games the justice they deserve.