Although CD Projekt Red has been rather generous in recent months when it comes to unveiling details about its upcoming futuristic trans-humanist action adventure Cyberpunk 2077, a question mark remains over when the game will actually be released.
Rumors of a 2019 release have been circulating for some time even though CD Projekt Red have stuck relentlessly to the party line stating the game will be released when it’s ready. However, last week Turkish publisher Bilkom, purveyor of all things CDPR authored a tweet saying Cyberpunk 2077 would land in 2019. The offending tweet has since been deleted, but this is the internet so it has been captured for posterity, see below and thanks to VG247 Turkey for the picture.
By no means a hundred percent corroboration, the tweet does have some merit given that Belkom is behind publication of The Witcher series in the Turkish territory. A bona fide partner in other words and not an untrustworthy source. The tweet may very well be an error on the part of a clumsy social media manager, or it may be the first bread crumb leading to a 2019 release. Add to this the fact the Polish government bestowed upon CDPR a hefty $7 million dollar grant to complete the game ostensibly with the stipulation the game releases in 2019.
Further bolstering the rumor is the fact that CD Projekt Red confirmed earlier this month that the game was playable from start to finish, though lacking assets and riddled with bugs. If we imagine a autumn 2019 release, then this gives the studio a year to flesh out and fix with the bulk of the work already in the bag. In addition, the game play demo was extremely polished, reminiscent of an alpha build.
We must remember that as recently as E3 this year, Cyberpunk 2020 (the inspiration behind Cyberpunk 2077) author Mike Pondsmith said we could easily wait a few more years before release. Furthermore, CDPR aren’t shy of delaying games as we readily saw with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Although a 2019 release would be incredibly, we would rather CDPR take the time to fulfill their vision and push back release as required.