Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably one of the most hype generating video games in history. The Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 trailer proved to be an explosion for pre-orders. It also confirmed the release date for mid 2020. A bracket that isn’t shared with Watch Dogs: Legion. Something Ubisoft was relieved to hear.
During a financial conference for investors and analysts, Ubisoft was asked about their competition. The executives explicitly added that they’re glad about the April Cyberpunk 2077 release date. This puts the game in the Q3 window of releases next year. Ubisoft has its two major releases planned in Q4. Those being Gods and Monsters as well as Watch Dogs: Legion.
Of course, they’re still worried about any potential competition. A hit game like Mordhau could appear again out of nowhere. But out of the big boys, they’re definitely steering clear of Cyberpunk 2077.
You can’t blame them either. Cyberpunk 2077 is a threat to any game within the same release window. CD Projekt Red has a very strong fanbase. The sales they’ve made already from just the pre-orders should be proof enough.
The game has also been in development since its announcement in 2012. People have been waiting that long for this game to come out. Sure we had the Witcher 3 in between, but that doesn’t mean people weren’t waiting.
Finally, when you thought it couldn’t get any more hyped up, Keanu Reeves appears out of nowhere. Fittingly sending the message of “Wake the fuck up Samurai, we have a game to pre-order”.
There’s also the risk of overhype. Too much hype can destroy a game when it doesn’t live up to the expectations. I still have faith in CD Projekt Red. They haven’t disappointed us yet. Then again, Bioware had a good streak until Anthem as well.
All we can do is wait and see. The Cyberpunk 2077 release date is still roughly a year from now. Enough time for us to ponder over how good the game will be. Also enough time for Ubisoft to relax. Watch Dogs: Legion won’t directly have to deal with Cyberpunk 2077 at least.