CDPR delays next-gen Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 to 2022

After an earlier leak, CD Projekt Red has delayed the next-gen upgrades for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077.

A little over a month ago, CD Projekt RED confirmed that it was going to release next-gen upgrades for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt later this year. However, it appears that CDPR's plans have changed since. According to CDPR's most recent announcement, the next-gen upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 have been delayed to 2022.

After rushing Cyberpunk 2077 in late 2022, CDPR is now delaying the next-gen version of the game and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
After rushing Cyberpunk 2077 in late 2022, CDPR is now delaying the next-gen version of the game and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Why did CDPR delay the next-gen versions of Witcher 3 and CP2077?

CD Projekt confirmed the delay in an investor update. Unfortunately, the company did not provide any reason behind the delay of both next-gen upgrades. Instead, CDPR ended its statement by saying that it wanted to "make it right", whatever that means.

Interestingly enough, the statement comes just a day after The Witcher 3's next-gen upgrade was supposed to release. A PEGI listing for The Witcher 3 confirmed that the 2015 title should have been released on October 19, 2021, for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X.

Cdpr Delays Next Gen Witcher And Cyberpunk
The wait for the version of Cyberpunk 2077 that was promised for years continues.

We're also curious to find out why the next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3 is taking longer compared to Cyberpunk 2077. Technically, CDPR should have an easier time making the next-gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It's a far more optimized game with a robust modding community. The resources are already there to release a "better-looking" version of The Witcher 3 for the Xbox Series S/X and the PS5. Instead, CDPR will release the enhanced version of the game in the second quarter of 2022. Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077's next-gen version is going to come earlier in Q1 2022.

The silver lining here is that CDPR is making both next-gen upgrades free to last-gen owners of the games and that it appears to have learned from its earlier mistakes. After overpromising and overhyping but ultimately underdelivering with Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED is now exercising much more caution than before.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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