It’s been about five years since CyberPunk 2077 was announced and we have been downright starving for news ever since. We had that absolutely brilliant announcement trailer and then… well, precious little.
I’m sure we remember back in 2013 how we were discussing how the game was scheduled to come out in 2015, right?
Well, it’s 2017. Almost 2018. (How in the heck did *THAT* happen?) Anyway, we have only a bit more news than we used to *BUT* tea leaves are tea leaves and they demand to be read. The first is that CD Projekt Red applied to the Polish government for a grant to help them finish the game. Part of the grant process involves telling the government when the granted product is expected to hit the shelves and the date on the paperwork is June 2019.
Also, there’s an interview with Marcin Iwinski (the CEO of CDPR) on IGN (which crashed my browser so I’m not going to link it) in which he said that he was “impressed” with how Bethesda handled the Fallout 4 launch. Specifically, how they announced at E3 and then released 6 months later. So the tea leaves would seem to indicate that the next really big announcement might be the one before they release in 2019 (which is almost “next year”, almost). Except they kind of announced back in 2013. But other than that.
So it looks like the new information we have is that they’ve told the government that it’s going to be released in 2019. While it is possible to get extensions beyond that, it’s one thing for a game company to make an announcement at E3 or similar. Such an announcement can probably be dismissed as puffery. Ah, but to tell the government? In exchange for a grant?
That just might be good information.
Personally, I can’t wait.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))