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recaps a CD Projekt RED 2019 Financial Results Teleconference where one of the topics
covered by the Polish developer is the status of Cyberpunk 2077
. At this time
they indicate the COVID-19 situation does not seem to be endangering the
projected September 17th release date for the eagerly anticipated RPG. Here's
I listened to the whole thing and made a breakdown of all the
important points during the Q&A:
- The virus isn't going to affect release [it shouldn't].
- They have obtained the vast majority of ratings for the game already.
The game was submitted for rating earlier in March, and by now they have
obtained the vast majority of ratings, so there is no risk of them not
obtaining ratings for the game in any of the major markets.
- Some things like pick-up sessions for voice actors will be inserted into
the game via a day-1 patch if the virus situation prevents actors from going
to a recording studio.
- Marketing scenario due to the virus has been decided upon since
mid-February. They are working on a digital strategy to replace their E3
2020 content and presentation.
- Retail [physical copies] referring to stores closing they are looking at
the global situation and "hope for the better" that things will change by
September. They have scenarios in place for different world events. Digital
release on launch is one of them. No major shifts in current plans at the
- The Spokko mobile title is still not being talked about. It's playable
and being internally tested.
- Postponed game launches [Like TLOU2] are being considered - mainly TLOU2
- not really worried about the September 17th release due to other games
being pushed near there. Not planning to move the September 17th date
regardless of other games being pushed to September.
- They are not disclosing details on Cyberpunk 2077 preorders, but they
are happy in the way they are progressing. "It has always been the plan not
to share the specifics on that".
- New titles [Cyberpunk multiplayer] will be talked about after
Cyberpunk 2077 releases. More will be revealed then, as they want to focus
on releasing Cyberpunk 2077 first. They keep hiring and growing the teams
for their games. At the end of 2019 through the first quarters of 2020 they
had expenses for localization and testing.
- 600 people are working on Cyberpunk 2077. Some members from the
multiplayer team are helping to finish the game. Majority of the CDPR
studios are working on the single player Cyberpunk 2077 [main game].
- They are very comfortable with the release date. All that is left to do
is lots of small things - certification from first party, the day-zero patch
and fixing/polishing. The game is in a complete form - it's done. It's all
about fixing and polishing until September and then all that's left is
manufacturing. Some manufacturing has already commenced.
- Manufacturing physical copies of Cyberpunk 2077 is not going to be
impeded in any way. It is already underway in some form. Physical
manufacturing is still occuring for other games from other companies. The
impact of the virus is less than they thought on the manufacturing side.
There is no foreseeable damage on the manufactuirng/shipping side of things.
They hope that September is going to be better than now for everyone.
- Current testing of Cyberpunk 2077 is currently being undertaken by both
internal and external testers. External testers work from their homes
through VPN and are double the amount they used from The Witcher 3.
- Preorders of Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles are lower than PC. Console
numbers are impeded by the console platform holders not paying advances on
incentives. This really surprised me as I thought that there would be more
preorders on consoles - but this is due to them not having accurate numbers
to reflect the console preorders yet.
- They have next-gen dev kits. Smart delivery will be used for a free,
next-gen update on Xbox Series X when that version of Cyberpunk 2077 is
available. No word on free next-gen update on PS5. There will be a separate
sku for the next-gen version, which will be available later on. They can't
comment on other first party policies [Sony/PS5].