Work on paid expansion “ongoing”.
CD Project has provided an update on the continuing post-launch development of its troubled Cyberpunk 2077, confirming a “major update” is planned to launch alongside the next-gen versions in Q1 2022.
As part of its third quarter 2021 report, the developer said it’s currently “hard at work” on Cyberpunk 2077’s PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions – which were originally due to launch this year before CD Projekt made the decision to push its release into early next year – and that these would be accompanied by a “major update” for all platforms.
Cyberpunk hasn’t received an update since September’s 1.31 release, and its first – and, to date, only – free DLC arrived with August’s 1.3 update, taking the form of two new jackets and an orange and black car known as the Quartz Bandit. CD Projekt hasn’t yet detailed what will feature in the game’s next major release.
CD Projekt also re-confirmed that work on Cyberpunk’s first major expansion is “ongoing”, as is the development of its enhanced next-gen version of The Witcher 3, promising the likes of ray-tracing and faster load times. This was, of course, also delayed out of this year, and is now expected to launch in the second quarter of 2022, meaning it could appear any time between April and the end June next year.
Despite previous delays, the developer says the next-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 are currently “on track to meet their target dates”.
Elsewhere, CD Projekt confirmed it has a number of new projects in the works, currently in the “exploratory” stages of development. It cites this early R&D work, along with Cyberpunk 2077’s continued development, as contributing to a year-on-year reduction in net profits.
Despite Cyberpunk 2077’s very public struggles since launch, CD Projekt has reported a 40% increase in quarterly revenues to 144 million PLN (around £26m). A recent 50 percent off promotion saw the embattled sci-fi RPG shooting to second place in Steam’s top-selling games list – behind only Football Manager 2022 – sparking a glut of freshly posted positive reviews from players.