Next-Gen Updates for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 Pushed to 2022

The delays were recommended ‘by teams supervising the development of both games,’ says CD Projekt Red.

CD Projekt Red will keep us all waiting a little bit longer to get the next-gen upgrades for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077. Both updates have been officially delayed until 2022.

In a tweet, CD Projekt Red explained that updates for both games on PC and console are being postponed to 2022 on the basis of “recommendations supplied by teams supervising the development of both games.”

The developer is now targeting the Cyberpunk 2077 update for the first quarter of 2022. The update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt should follow in the second quarter. 

Cyberpunk 2077 launched in late 2020 to widespread disdain for poor performance, bugs, and a console experience that didn’t line up with what CD Projekt Red had demoed, especially on last-gen consoles. Even new consoles were not getting the PC-like experience, with gamers stuck playing the game in a backward-compatibility mode for Xbox One and PS4.

Since then, CD Projekt Red has been working on some serious updates to improve the game. And in January, the developer laid out plans to release the next-gen update late this year. That announcement came just a few months after CD Projekt Red announced updates to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that would also see it get new enhancements for modern hardware, including ray tracing and faster loading times.

The update for Cyberpunk 2077 makes sense to deliver first, as it’s effectively CD Projekt Red making up for the botched launch of the game on consoles. The update to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is more of a gift to gamers, as the developer is releasing it for free to owners of the game.