Hype isn’t more important than enjoyment.
I’m sure that this opinion might get me flak with a lot of people, but that’s fine. If you’re a gamer of any variety, you’ve probably at least heard of the upcoming CD Projekt Red game “Cyberpunk 2077.” The game was announced way back in 2012 and has been a slow burn development until now. Information was scarcely being let out about the game over time, and the trailers showed neat visuals but not so much in the way of gameplay. It wasn’t until the first full gameplay preview was shown in 2018 that the sparks of hype for the game expanded into a hype inferno. The game is debated to be the most anticipated game of 2020 and people were chomping at the bit to get their hands on it this April 16th until a recent statement was released by CD Projekt Red.
The delay was received incredibly sourly by all and many people voiced their outcry at this decision on social media. Threats against the studio and developers if they didn’t release the game this April could be found on Twitter and Facebook, some people making videos about their dismay at this decision. I myself was incredibly disheartened by this decision to delay the game for such a large span of time since I’ve been interested since the first 2012 trailer. But after thinking on it for a while, I’m actually fine with this decision.
It all comes down to a quick bit of reflection on the past few years. There have been a lot of great games that have come out, but there have also been a lot of games expected to be good that turned out instead to be anywhere from mediocre to unplayable. No Man’s Sky, Fallout 76, Anthem, Mass Effect Andromeda just to name a few. Now what do these games have in common with one another? These highly anticipated titles all released in terrible, and in some cases literally unplayable, condition at the time and were very clearly unfinished products with almost zero polish. And it’s because of games like these coming out the way they did that made it known to gamers that a company will release a game unfinished and too early just to capitalize on hype. But CD Projekt Red is taking the opposite road.
CD Projekt Red taking the extra time to really finish working on the game is a risky choice on their part, but one that benefits us the consumer. Of course it sucks that we can’t play the game sooner, but because the game will have more polish with more time, we’ll have a much more enjoyable experience at launch. Most people hate having to wait, but no one wants to get a broken game for $60. So I recommend just taking a deep breath, and swallowing this hard pill.
It’d be a safe bet to say that Cyberpunk’s hype won’t all go away because of this delay. CD Projekt Red still has time to get their ducks in a row with the game, and it’s better they chose to do that. It isn’t like there aren’t any good games coming out in the coming months that can fill our time until September (*cough cough* DOOM: Eternal). It’s fine to be upset for now, but it’ll just make getting to play the fully finished product all the sweeter.
Cyberpunk 2077 releases September 17, 2020. Be sure to follow us at Escape Zero and at our Twitter handle @EscapeZer0 for more updates on Cyberpunk as they come out, and have a great day.