A few weeks back, someone claiming to have close ties to the development of Cyberpunk 2077 published a lengthy post on GameFAQs. Supposedly, the author wanted to share their knowledge of the game’s current situation, as well as CD Projekt Red’s plans for its future. The post ended up on Reddit much more recently, where it gained a lot of attention.
We decided against chasing this story here on Push Square, but that certainly didn’t stop a number of other gaming news sites from picking it up. As you can imagine, it wasn’t long before the rumour was doing the rounds on YouTube and other mainstream platforms.
The rumour itself states that CD Projekt Red plans to revive Cyberpunk 2077 through a “No Man’s Sky style comeback” in the summer of 2021. It goes into detail about how poor project management resulted in a product that was rushed to market, and how whole parts of the game were scrapped or scaled back significantly during development. It’s the kind of stuff that, at first glance, seems believable. But at the end of the day, anyone could write something like this.
Anyway, according to the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account, this rumour is a load of rubbish. It writes: “Normally we don’t comment on rumors but this time we wanted to make an exception as this story is simply not true.” That’s that, then.
Of course, there could still be nuggets of truth scattered throughout the original post — at this point, there’s really no denying that Cyberpunk 2077 endured a very troubled development cycle — but then this is the kind of rumour that takes full advantage of the developer’s relative silence. Here’s hoping that CD Projekt Red is able to share its official plans for Cyberpunk 2077 sooner rather than later.