During the recent earnings call for CD Projekt Red, the company has revealed a bunch of details about the state of the studio and some very interesting insights into ongoing work on Cyberpunk 2077. For those wondering, the new massive game is mostly on track but just having some issues with minor elements. According to the call, the game is mostly complete, with only minor elements missing, and has entered a state of general polish and refinement. in terms of content, most of the main quest and story is in place, and the side activity and quests are also feature complete.
The various execs on the call focused a fair bit on how COVID-19 has impacted the development of Cyberpunk 2077, as well as the company’s plan for marketing and development of future games. In short, things are proceeding nicely. There have been some delays due to the need for social distancing, so expect a day-one patch to the game to bring the missing content into the game. The earnings call highlights things like some voice-acted dialogue being hit with this kind of delay.
As for distribution a lot of uncertainty remains. CD Projekt is in a “hope for the better” state with the idea of selling physical copies of the game. The major disruption COVID-19 has caused worldwide retail cannot be ignored, and the studio is looking into ways to get around the problem. The manufacture of discs and packing isn’t the issue, it’s all down to the impact on retail.
CD Projekt Red has also said that the loss of E3 in 2020 has meant that the company is looking into a digital presence to market the new game as well as other projects.
The developer also highlighted that pre-orders for the PC are higher than that of console versions, suggesting a ton of hype among both groups for the game. It makes sense, the PC has a huge instilled audience for CD Projekt games even in 2020, and it looks like Cyberpunk 2077 is more of the same for hype. 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”.
The company has also been somewhat tight-lipped about other aspects, like the multiplayer mode for Cyberpunk 2077. It will be some time before we get the mode, as it will release after the main game, and the developer will talk more about it next year.
Source: CD Projekt Red via ResetEra