CD Projekt Red claimed that development on Cyberpunk 2077 is proceeding as planned, in spite of the pandemic (via GamesIndustry.biz).
In the company’s latest financial results call, investors were keen to appraise CD Projekt Red’s response to the current global crisis and whether this, or anything else, would impact the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Senior vice president of business development Michal Nowakowski put their minds at ease, describing the anticipated sci-fi RPG as “in a complete form.”
“There are some difficulties with the localization process, specifically with recording some of the actors,” said Nowakowski. “Most of the studios are closed down right now, at least for the time being.” The “vast majority” of the game’s lines have been recorded, and resolving those missing recordings is something that could possibly roll out with a day-zero patch. “It’s not something we identified as a major, major risk. But this is literally the only thing that’s on our radar,” assured Nowakowski. “Everything else we are either already past that hurdle so we’re not really impacted by it, or things are progressing smoothly or business as usual.”
CD Projekt Red has also submitted Cyberpunk 2077 for ratings ahead of its release in September. This game may have been delayed before the pandemic gripped the world, but other developers have been delaying their games in response to pandemic-related economic problems. That may mean Cyberpunk 2077 gets cosy with a couple of other big-time releases, for example, The Last of Us Part II. Even if this occurs, the studio will not move the game’s release a second time.
“You’re never launching in a time that’s exclusive to you,” said Nowakowski. “There’s no such thing. September has always been a competitive period of time and we’ve always been aware of that. If it becomes a tad bit more competitive, that’s fine. We believe we’re going to be launching with a title that’s going to be a must-have title.”
Cyberpunk 2077 comes to Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 17, 2020.