Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 next-gen upgrades still on track for 2022
CDPR still plans on delivering Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series next-gen upgrades in time for their adjusted 2022 schedule. Today's financial report for Q3 2021 also reaffirmed their work on a Cyberpunk 2022 expansion and early research into new projects.
Both Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were scheduled to see their next-gen upgrades for PC and consoles in late 2021, but neither wound up making the window. The studio delayed both versions into 2022, with Cyberpunk set for Q1 and Witcher following up sometime in Q2. CDPR's new presentation announced that's all still the plan with specific quarters—something that feels a little more noteworthy on a project like Cyberpunk after its frequent delays and obstacles.
Updates to Cyberpunk 2077 don't end with graphic and performance boosts, either. CDPR noted they're planning "another major update on all platforms" for the RPG, but haven't specified what all you can expect just yet. Work on Cyberpunk's expansion, something mentioned separately from the 'other' major update, is still underway, too.
Perhaps as you would expect from the whole Cyberpunk 2077 saga, the company revealed its net profits were lower than those reported in the year before. Vice president and CFO Piotr Nielubowicz explained as much, saying, "This year-on-year reduction in net profit is mainly due to expenses related to updating Cyberpunk and exploratory work on new projects which are at an early stage of development, where the associated costs are reported directly in our P&L statement for the current period."
CDPR also mentioned The Witcher: Monster Slayer and Gwent, noting they'll get the usual content drops and updates. The company's new acquisitions and expansions, CD Project Red Vancouver (formerly Digital Scapes) and The Molasses Flood, didn't offer too much in terms of concrete plans but the press release did mention The Molasses Flood "will work on a separate game based on one of CD Projekt's IPs."
Considering the nature and source of the report, it's all a hopeful outlook despite the turmoil the Polish developer has seen as of late. If you need a refresher, Cyberpunk 2022 was so bad on PS4 Sony ended up pulling the game from its storefront. It's back now, but Sony did have to warn us it was still broken.