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

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CD Projekt Purple 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 approach, however now now we have a considerably extra particular window for after they may arrive — and it’s nonetheless inside this calendar 12 months.

For Cyberpunk 2077, the improve is an enormous alternative to carry 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 could possibly be a technique to get gamers to leap again into it. From Cyberpunk 2077’s launch, PS5 and Xbox Collection gamers have been in a position to play the sport using backward compatibility mode. For PS4 and Xbox One gamers, operating Cyberpunk 2077 could possibly be a battle, whereas the brand new consoles can present affordable efficiency.

Cyberpunk 2077 infamously had a launch tormented 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 Purple supplied refunds to individuals who have been upset by the sport, although getting them was a little bit of a trouble for a bit. Since then, the studio has labored to enhance it with a variety 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 number 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 kind of relaunch for the vacation season in 2021 — the checklist of video games which might be actually optimized for the PS5 and Xbox Collection X is nonetheless fairly slim, so having Cyberpunk 2077 on it may assist entice new gamers as properly.

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 Purple can also be getting 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 problem of acquiring one of many consoles. Sony has bought over 10 million PlayStation 5s, however even months after its November launch, it nonetheless sells out at lightning pace. Consoles, like seemingly the whole lot else from computer systems to automobiles, have been affected by the chip scarcity — when that’ll clear is anybody’s guess, although some trade heads have predicted that it could possibly be no less than a 12 months or two.