Cyberpunk 2077

When was Cyberpunk 2077 originally announced? It’s been a while

Published: 26/Nov/2020 11:39

by Lauren Bergin

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Cyberpunk 2077 has become one of the most hyped releases of 2020, but its existence has been known for a lot longer than that. So, when exactly was CD Projekt Red’s new masterpiece originally announced?

While Cyberpunk 2077 is a game that is definitely going to make history in some way or another, it has a long and tenuous history of its own.

Constant delays have meant that the title will now release on December 10, eight months after the first official release date CD Projekt Red gave us.

You could be forgiven for forgetting the first planned launch window, let alone when the game was originally unveiled to be in development.

Skyscrapers and lights in City Centre in Cyberpunk 2077
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Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City looks beautiful, but it’s taken a while to get here.

When was Cyberpunk 2077 first announced?

CD Projekt Red first announced the dystopian future RPG as far back as 2012, with a teaser trailer dropping a year later in 2013, implying that the game’s development was well underway.

However, after five years of silence, the developers resurrected the PR surrounding the title with a second trailer and pre-alpha playthrough soon after the 2018 Gamescom.

By 2019, fans were seeing more and more behind the scenes of Cyberpunk, with Gamescom and E3 attendees being treated to a 15-minute gameplay demonstration that appeared online by August. What was most important, however, was that a third trailer had been released and included the information that everyone was craving: that elusive release date, April 16 2020.

Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red
The game boasts a host of celebrity faces, including Grimes and Keanu Reeves.

Cyberpunk was delayed, and delayed, and delayed

Yet, as every Cyberpunk fan knows, that wasn’t exactly how things worked out.

A series of further delays meant that the game’s release was pushed back until September 17, and then November 19. All the while, screenshots, trailers and gameplay started dropping all over the internet – promotional videos of each part of the map, too.

And then came the infamous yellow text box telling fans there would be yet another few months to wait, before the game became something that they could hold in their hands and play with on their screens. Set for release on December 10, there has been no wind of any more delays so far.

Despite the fact that the neo-dystopian title isn’t even out yet, it’s already made history as one of the longest delayed games alongside the likes of L.A. Noire and DOOM.

Was this a clever PR stunt? No chance, even if some people believe it, but it’s certainly made fans even more obsessed with its eventual launch.

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Smash Bros creator Sakurai explains why Cyberpunk 2077 is a “dream game”

Published: 13/Jan/2021 20:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate creator Masahiro Sakurai gave his thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077 in his latest Famitsu column and explained why he supports the game “from the bottom of his heart.”

To say that the reception for Cyberpunk 2077 hasn’t been super positive would be a bit of an understatement. The highly-anticipated open-world game launched with countless bugs, errors, frame rate issues, and mixed reviews.

With refunds for the CDPR game being issued, some may consider it one of the worst game launches in history, but according to Sakurai, it’s impressive to see.

In his recent Famitsu column, courtesy of ryokutya2089, Sakurai claims that he was “deeply moved” by the refunds, noting that there was “unprecedented sincerity” on behalf of CDPR.

Smash Ultimate creator Sakurai works at his desk
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Sakurai plays a lot of video games.

The Smash boss said that he had some issues playing the game on his PS4, PS4 Pro and PC where, just like many other gamers, he experienced plenty of bugs.

However, despite the issues plaguing the title, Sakurai still believes Cyberpunk is a “dream game” that required an incredible amount of production and planning.

He further added that it’s a wonder to have an AAA title such as this release on multiple platforms.

Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt
Wake up, Sakurai.

Like many gamers, Sakurai seems to be impressed with the game itself, but the experience is hampered greatly by the number of bugs and just general gameplay issues that break the immersion.

It should also be noted that while Sakurai seems to be a supporter, don’t expect to see Johnny Silverhand, Panam, or Judy come to Smash Ultimate as playable fighters.

As cool as it would be to see Keanu Reeves duke it out with Mario, Link, Solid Snake, Ryu and Charizard, there’s no indication from the Smash creator that suggests he would add Silverhand to the fighter.

Judy in Cyberpunk 2077
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Judy probably won’t be coming to Smash.

Not to mention the fact that 2077 is technically based on a tabletop game and Smash only features characters from video game franchises.

Nonetheless, hopefully Cyberpunk can get all the fixes it needs so gamers and even Sakurai can enjoy it without any game-breaking crashes.