The most anticipated game of 2020 is without doubt Cyberpunk 2077, and with its latest pushback, rumors kept surrounding this delay. More recently, a Pushsquare article mentioned that Polish insider Borys Niespielak claims the main reason for this delay would be the limited current generation consoles.
In his video he uploaded on YouTube, he explained that CD Projekt Red had some issues with making Cyberpunk 2077 perform on the PS4 and Xbox One. Apparently, the deadline for fixing this problem was by January 2020, and since CD Projekt Red didn’t solve it, they had to announce the delay.
Cory Barlog: Devs Must Optimize their Games for the Hardware, or Else They’ll Run Badly
Considering Cyberpunk 2077 is indeed an ambitious project, we would expect for Niespielak’s claims to be valid.
And this rumor takes us to a more recent Tweet from the God of War Director Cory Barlog, who retweeted the Pushsquare article, added his own piece of mind, and a few more comments in which he defends game developers, including CD Projekt Red:
“EVERY game runs badly until you optimize for the hardware in the final push before gold. In truth, we often probably do NOT want to share this because, for some reason, we believe people will jump to apocalyptic conclusions and get angry…”
“I can’t say I speak for the industry, so fellow devs chime in to disagree or correct if you feel your experience is different, but I feel this to be true for *most* games. GAMES ARE VERY UGLY, FOR A LONG TIME, UNTIL THEY ARE NOT. Traditionally, that is right near the end…”
“To me, there is NOTHING shameful or nefarious about the game not running well in development. We ALL obviously want to release the smoothest/most bug-free experience humanly possible.”
We can all agree game development is stressing and always riddled with issues. Adding an obvious hardware problem, such as the current generation consoles being too limited for an ambitious game, it leads to increased pressure, delays, and frustrated gamers. Heed CD Projekt’s motto and know this: Cyberpunk 2077 will come “WHEN IT’S READY.”