Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3 next-gen upgrades delayed to next year

CD Project Red has announced new release window for Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 next-gen upgrades.

Highlights
  • CD Projekt Red has delayed next-gen upgrades for Cyberpunk 2077 and the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it requires additional time for development.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen upgrade will release in Q1 2022 and the Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade will release in Q2 2022.
  • The next-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 will feature enhanced graphics with ray tracing effects as well as faster loading times.

CD Projekt Red has delayed the next-gen upgrades for Cyberpunk 2077 and the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt Red announced the delay as part of a recent investor update, where the management board of the company revealed that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 will need more time for development. The decision to delay the next-gen upgrades for these games is based on recommendations by employees supervising the development. That being said, CD Projekt Red has shared a new release window for Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 next-gen upgrades.

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Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade release window

According to the new release window, Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen upgrade will release in the first quarter of 2022 and the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt next-gen upgrade will release in the second quarter of 2022. The Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade is being handled by Saber Interactive that has previously worked on the Nintendo Switch port of the game.

CD Projekt is being extremely careful with these releases after the botched launch of Cyberpunk 2077. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the company delay the next-gen upgrades even further to avoid what happened during the Cyberpunk 2077 launch. The ridiculously poor performance of Cyberpunk 2077 on last-gen consoles like PS4 and Xbox One as well as sheer amount of bugs, led to massive community backlash. As a result, Sony had removed the game from PSN store for a brief period, and both Sony and Xbox offered extended refund windows for Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt’s 2021 net profits were also down by 65 percent in part due to costs involved in fixing Cyberpunk 2077.

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The company has acknowledged the botched launch of Cyberpunk 2077 and claimed that it has learnt valuable lessons from it. Hopefully, the next-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 will deliver the experience players expect from these games.

What you can expect from Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3 next-gen upgrades

The Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt next-gen upgrades will be free to players who already own these games on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. The next-gen versions will feature enhanced graphics with ray tracing effects as well as faster loading times.