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Why has Cyberpunk 2077 been delayed and what is the new release date?

You’re going to have to wait a while longer to play Cyberpunk 2077 (Picture: CD Projekt)

It’s one of the most anticipated games of 2020 – but now it seems we’ll all have to wait a little longer to get our hands on Cyberpunk 2077.

CD Projekt’s follow-up to The Witcher 3 had been due to hit consoles in the spring – but has followed in the footsteps of Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel’s Avengers in having its release date delayed.

So just what is going on, why’s it been put back and when will the game actually be released?

Here’s what you need to know…

Why has Cyberpunk 2077 been delayed?

CD Projekt broke the news of the delay last week in a statement on Twitter – saying that the release date had been put back to allow them more time to work on the game.

‘We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done,’ they said.

‘Night City is massive – full of stories, content and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing and polishing.

‘We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.’

‘Expect more updates on progress as we get closer to the new release date,’ they added.

‘We’re really looking forward to seeing you in Night City, thank you for your ongoing support!’

What is the new release date for Cyberpunk 2077?

The game is set to be one of 2020’s biggest titles (Picture: CD Projekt)

The game had originally been scheduled to drop on 16 April.

However it won’t be released now until 17 September.

While the company has made clear that it needs more time to polish the game prior to release, speculation over the delay has emerged from other sources – with one suggesting the makers are having trouble getting the game to run on current gen consoles.

The insider, named Borys Niespielak, claimed on a recent podcast (in Polish) that the Xbox One is proving particularly problematic and current performance is ‘extremely unsatisfactory’.

Translations of the podcast on Discord, via altchar.com, suggest that the main storyline of the game was finished three months ago but that the side missions are still being worked on.

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