It is according to CD Projekt, the parent company of the developer of Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt Red, who suggested in a recent call for profits (via VGC) that, although the game will still be released in September and will be available on Xbox Series X “from the get -go”, an improved next generation version will be released at a later date.
“As for the Microsoft console, as I said, we have officially confirmed both the update and the availability between the generations, which means that you will be able to play the game from the start on the next generation, “CD Projekt Michal Nowakowski, executive vice president of business development, said on the call.
“However, when it comes to a full-fledged next generation version, which will come later, we have not announced when and I have no new comments here on this. “
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So far, Cyberpunk 2077 has only been officially confirmed for the Xbox Series X. CD Projekt Red has previously confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will use the Series X’s Smart Delivery feature, offering players the opportunity to upgrade their version for free Xbox One from Cyberpunk 2077 to an Xbox Series X version – and now that decision makes a little more sense.
A CD Projekt Red spokesperson confirmed to VGC that the “next generation full version” that Nowakowski was referring to was the previously announced Xbox Series X upgrade. This leads us to wonder if this smart delivery feature has been implemented, as more games will have to take similar steps to play their games over multiple generations.
But what about Sony? CD Projekt seemed to suggest during the release of the results that Cyberpunk 2077 will arrive on PS5 – we don’t see why it wouldn’t – but that the company is waiting for Sony to make the announcement first.
“There are no official announcements from PlayStation, so we really can’t confirm or deny anything,” said Nowakowski. “It’s the PlayStation that has to solve these problems first, and then we’re happy to make a comment, but we can’t jump the gun on them. “
But if CD Projekt Red plans to release an upgraded version of Cyberpunk 2077 for next-generation consoles and plans to release on PS5, Sony would likely need functionality similar to Smart Delivery to implement it – as it looks like this fix is more than a simple update, and is rather a full upgrade.
We can only speculate, but that would explain why Sony did not confirm the coming of the game, perhaps until it itself reveals backward compatibility functionality.
It also means it might be worth it for fans to hold until the full-fledged “Next Generation” edition is available – when that happens.
Cyberpunk 2077 is still on track for its September 17 release date. However, due to recording studio closings related to the Covid-19 pandemic, some vocal work may need to be added to the game via a launch patch.
Earlier this week, CD Projekt Red confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have “no less DLC than The Witcher 3” (via VGC). This DLC will be announced before the game is released.