Cyberpunk 2077 was just recently delayed (again) to November 19 but that hasn’t stopped the information about the game from trickling in.
In a recent conference call that included CDPR President and Joint CERO Adam Kicinski, various topics were discussed which included plans for the next generation of consoles, among other interesting details.
You can listen to the conference call in full via THIS LINK but here is the TLDR version of it.
CD Projekt RED believes in the November date, saying that “we’re not building any plans around anything that would mean that Cyberpunk would launch later than November 19.“ The main cause of delay was that even though development was done gameplay wise, there are still a lot of polish that has to be done which would meet company standards.
Interestingly, November 19 could be in the same release window as the next-gen consoles, which could possibly make Cyberpunk somewhat of a “launch” title for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. CDPR isn’t concerned about it, saying “There is cross-gen compatibility both on PlayStation and Xbox. There is actually a hardware enhancement of the games, so for current-gen games, if there is engineering work done behind them, it will be playable, you know from the get-go, on both consoles.”
CDPR also confirms that “It will be running on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 from the launch date, just as it will run on the current Xbox and the next Xbox from day one. It will look better on the next-generation consoles from day one.” While it is not clear whether that graphical enhancement will be done via an update or not, we can at least be assured that the jump in power will be seen right away.
An announcement by the Cyberpunk 2077 official account addresses this, saying that the current gen versions will be playable on next gen for free.
We are happy to confirm that Cyberpunk 2077 will be backwards compatible with both next-gen consoles! Your PS4 copy of the game will work on PS5 on launch day. Anyone who buys the game on Xbox One will be able to play their copy on Xbox Series X when the console launches too!— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) June 19, 2020
Another good piece of information from the conference call points to that of the game having a “more robust update for the for the next-gens, which we’re planning to give free of charge to anybody who purchases the PS4 or Xbox One version, but in any case you will be able to play the game on the next-gens from the 19th of November when the game releases, and it will look better than on the next-gens from that moment.” With this, CDPR is basically confirming what Microsoft calls “Smart Delivery” for both the Series X and the PlayStation 5. What this also indirectly says is that the PlayStation 5 is capable of Smart Delivery in some shape and form, maybe not quite as detailed as Microsoft’s implementation.
The official Cyberpunk account has confirmed this as well.
A later upgrade to Cyberpunk 2077, taking full advantage of the next-gen hardware, will be available for free.— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) June 19, 2020
Lastly, because of this delay, it would be also understandable that any future updates, including multiplayer, will be delayed.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled for a November 19 release date for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.