After the disastrous release of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt promises to make changes to how it promotes games, part of which is talking about games closer to release. Investors are seeing the company deliver on that promise, as it declined to provide data for next-gen versions of Cyberpunk and The Witcher 3.
Both Cyberpunk and Witcher 3 are expected to receive a new console upgrade at the end of 2021. Something that CD Projekt reaffirmed earlier with the financial reports. During a H1 2021 Earnings live stream, an investor asked the company to be more specific about when these upgrades will appear or if they can be delayed to the following year.
SVP of business development Michał Nowakowski declined to be tricked with questions about CD Projekt’s new philosophy: “Our goal is to bring the next-gen version of [Cyberpunk 2077] to be released later this year […] At the same time, we have to keep in mind the lessons we’ve learned over the past year, and take into account the fact that this project is still in development, we can’t say with complete certainty that the production schedule won’t change, of course.”
CD Projekt is clearly a lot more careful with reporting new versions of games as to when they will be released, with Cyberpunk at least working towards a certain date while The Witcher 3 is largely made by an outside company making them dependent on other factors.
After a disastrous launch, this CD Project cost a lot of money, several times the company had to say that it learned great lessons in its approach to game release. Hopefully the games will come out on the dates promised and will live up to the quality we would expect from CD Projekt.