A Next-Gen Release for Cyberpunk 2077 Could be Under Wraps

With the announcement that the Cyberpunk 2077 release date will now fall in September, much closer to the launch of the next-generation of consoles, there has of course been speculation about the game getting a separate next-gen release. Of course, CD Projekt Red is avoiding talking about this topic at present. However, a Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen release is looking likelier than ever, for a few different reasons.

The Likelihood of a Cyberpunk 2077 Next-Gen Release

When asked on a recent investors call about whether CD Projekt Red would port Cyberpunk 2077 to the next-generation of consoles, MichaƂ Nowakowski stated; “We are, of course, looking at the next generation of consoles, we have a lot of information on what’s going on with those platforms, but we – frankly speaking – have nothing to share here and now in relation to that.”

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There is one important factor to bear in mind regarding this topic; Cyberpunk 2077 should be playable on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X anyway, without a separate next-gen release. After all, both consoles will feature backwards compatibility to some degree, which should certainly include Cyberpunk 2077. As such, there doesn’t really have to be a Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen re-release. However, the principal reason for doing one would be to bring the game’s console graphics up to the higher standards allowed for by the Xbox Series X and PS5; graphics which will be limited somewhat by the older technology of the PS4 and Xbox One.

A re-release of that sort is relatively likely, especially now that CD Projekt Red has confirmed that their separate triple-A release coming in 2021 will be Cyberpunk Multiplayer. However, it’s unlikely that this next-gen release will come straight away; rather, it’s more likely to be something that happens post-launch. Indeed, the game could get something akin to a ‘Game of the Year Edition’ in 2021. (Perhaps after the launch of DLC). Something like that could easily coincide with a next-gen release, as one example.

For now, fans shouldn’t expect CD Projekt Red to announce a next-gen release anytime soon. After all, such an announcement could result in gamers cancelling pre-orders in order to wait for the next-gen launch; thus hampering the game’s launch day sales. Rather, such an announcement is more likely to come after the game’s release in late 2020 or early 2021.