Cyberpunk 2077 will launch near the end of the current generation, bringing up the question of a potential re-release on next-generation consoles.
Night City, for all of its neon signs and vibrant lights, will definitely want to take advantage of the extra horsepower. CD Projekt Red hasn’t confirmed any such plans for Cyberpunk 2077 but the developer isn’t also crossing out the possibility.
While speaking with GamerHubTV, senior level designer Miles Tost stated that the Polish studio is entirely focused on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for Cyberpunk 2077. However, being part of the games industry, it’s only natural to be interested in what the next-generation hardware will offer. Hence, CD Projekt Red will be keeping an eye out, meaning that Cyberpunk 2077 will eventually land on PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Project Scarlett.
However, don’t celebrate just yet. The developer isn’t interested in rushing a port in order to coincide with the next-generation releases. In fact, CD Projekt Red isn’t even bothered at the moment. The developer will head to the drawing board after Cyberpunk 2077 has fully catered to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In other words, expect Cyberpunk 2077 to re-release on PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Project Scarlett somewhere in the middle of next-generation — around 2023.
Of course we are looking at what is happening in the games industry because we are part of it, and we need to always look forward,” he said. “But at the same time, we are a studio that really focuses on the work we’re doing now. So our full attention is on current-gen consoles and PC.
Who knows? When the time comes for it, maybe [we’ll support next-gen consoles]. But until [Cyberpunk 2077 launches in April 2020], we have a thing to do. And as far as what I have heard, the next-gen consoles … Xbox just announced holiday 2020. So it’s not really a concern for us now because it comes way after where we want to release our game.
Sony has already confirmed PlayStation 5 to be launching worldwide in holiday 2020. Microsoft is expected to do a similar announcement for Project Scarlett. Both next-generation consoles are confirmed to be backwards compatible, making the jump even easier for developers.
Elsewhere, CD Projekt Red admitted that the reaction to Keanu Reeves was completely unprecedented and unexpected. The developer surprisingly was not anticipating the internet to go bananas over the John Wick actor, who plays Johnny Silverhand, a major character having an integral part in the storyline. CD Projekt Red, or at least its marketing team, is now trying to figure out how to capitalize on the hype before the official launch next year. From the looks of it, had the studio realized beforehand how massive the reveal would have gone, Reeves would have been asked to do a lot more.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2019. You can place a pre-order in the meantime and get ready to hear out what Reeves has to say on day one.