CD Projekt Crimson is concentrating on late-2021 launch dates for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3’s next-gen upgrades

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CD Projekt Crimson introduced that the free next-gen upgrades for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, meant for the PS5 and Xbox Collection X, have goal launch dates for late 2021 (PDF). The corporate has been promising that the updates have been on their manner, however now we have now a considerably extra particular window for after they may arrive — and it’s nonetheless inside this calendar yr.

For Cyberpunk 2077, the improve is an enormous alternative to deliver gamers again after its December 2020 launch, which was one thing of a fiasco. Releasing a free replace to the sport that takes benefit of the next-gen consoles’ energy might be a approach to get gamers to leap again into it. From Cyberpunk 2077’s launch, PS5 and Xbox Collection gamers have been capable of play the sport using backward compatibility mode. For PS4 and Xbox One gamers, operating Cyberpunk 2077 might be a battle, whereas the brand new consoles can present cheap efficiency.

Cyberpunk 2077 infamously had a launch affected by bugs, poor efficiency, and crashes, with older consoles struggling essentially the most. It was in such a poor state that it was yanked from the PlayStation Retailer shortly after launch and solely just lately returned, together with a warning. CD Projekt Crimson provided refunds to individuals who have been disillusioned by the sport, although getting them was a little bit of a problem for a bit. Since then, the studio has labored to enhance it with plenty of patches and has even launched new options to assist make it simpler to leap again into the sport for many who gave up on it in frustration or misplaced curiosity after a couple of hours.

A next-gen model of Cyberpunk 2077 may have the identical impact, with individuals who already performed giving it one other probability now that it’s extra optimized for brand new consoles. Plus, it may act as a form of relaunch for the vacation season in 2021 — the listing of video games which are really optimized for the PS5 and Xbox Collection X is nonetheless fairly slim, so having Cyberpunk 2077 on it may assist entice new gamers as effectively.

The Witcher 3 stays largely beloved years after its launch, so a next-gen replace is extra of a bonus for present followers or individuals who haven’t already skilled the sport. CD Projekt Crimson can be making ready some free DLCs impressed by the massively in style Netflix adaptation of The Witcher franchise.

In fact, looming over any next-gen recreation launch or patch is the issue of acquiring one of many consoles. Sony has offered over 10 million PlayStation 5s, however even months after its November launch, it nonetheless sells out at lightning velocity. Consoles, like seemingly all the pieces else from computer systems to vehicles, have been affected by the chip scarcity — when that’ll clear is anybody’s guess, although some business heads have predicted that it might be at the very least a yr or two.