When Was Cyberpunk 2077 Originally Announced: How Long Has it Been?
By Jack O'Dwyer
Cyberpunk 2077's original announcement and release date have been lost to time in a flurry of delays.
CD PROJEKT RED announced yet another release date revision for Cyberpunk 2077 via the game's official Twitter profile on Oct. 27, 2020. The action role-playing game (ARPG) will not be available until Dec. 10, much to the disappointment of waiting fans. This is the third time it has been delayed since its original release announcement eight years ago.
When Was Cyberpunk 2077 Originally Announced?
Cyberpunk 2077 was originally announced in May 2012 for an April 16, 2020 release date. The first teaser trailer came out around the same time and was immediately met with excitement and high praise. Unfortunately for fans, the game projected eight years ago has evolved to be a bit different from the one to hit shelves next month.
One of the biggest concerns among fans was the possibility of cut content, which has proven to be true over the years. Some of the major cuts were made to fast travel and NPC companions.
The studio pushed the date back to Sept. 17 on Jan. 16, 2020, citing that the game was "complete and playable," yet still needed work. At the time of writing, the most recent delay was on Oct. 27 for a Dec. 10 date. This time, CD PROJEKT RED drew attention to difficulty regarding the new next-generation consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
This immediately drew ire from frustrated fans—some of which went as far as to send threats toward the development team. Andrzej Zawadzki, Senior Game Designer for the studio, noted this on Twitter, calling it "absolutely unacceptable and just wrong." Fortunately, this was followed up the next day with a note of all the positive messages the studio received in retaliation.
Hopefully, this latest announcement will be an end to the near-decade long anticipation.