It was a big week for letdowns, but it's not so bad: Game delays happen, and can be for the best. September isn't that far away! We'll just have to wait to play Marvel's Avengers (opens in new tab), and there's no use fretting over it.
With that one big disappointment out of the way, here's everything else that happened in PC gaming this week:
Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed (opens in new tab)
Ah, right, there was one more delay this week. Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer release in April, and will instead come out on September 17. The Witcher 3 was also delayed (twice, actually) for similar reasons—to continue testing, fixing, and "polishing"—so this doesn't come as a huge surprise. Meanwhile, the multiplayer component may not be out until 2022.
The Witcher show gets an interactive timeline (opens in new tab) [Netflix]
Netflix's take on The Witcher is clearly popular: It's caused a huge uptick in The Witcher 3's concurrent player count and has prompted the printing of 500,000 more books (opens in new tab). If you aren't paying close attention, though, you might be thrown off by the show's frequent time jumps. And even if not, seeing everything placed in order in the interactive timeline linked above can help put the events in clearer perspective (spoilers if you haven't finished it, though).
Skywind releases a big update on moving Morrowind to Skyrim (opens in new tab)
The fan remake of Morrowind in the Skyrim engine appears to be coming along swimmingly. The latest development video, embedded below, shows off the environment team's impressive progress, some of the custom audio work being done, and provides a status update on the modders' 3D modelling, coding, and testing efforts. The team is looking for extra help in all areas.
GTA 4 was removed from Steam because of Games for Windows Live (opens in new tab)
Yes, The Ghost of DRM Past is still haunting us. The good news is that Rockstar is "looking at other options for distributing GTA 4."
Epic's weekly free games will continue through 2020 (opens in new tab)
Epic is putting up the cash needed to supply another 52 free games on the Epic Store this year. At the time of writing, platformer Horace (opens in new tab) is on offer for free. On the 23rd, the freebie will swap to puzzle game The Bridge (opens in new tab).
DRAM breakthrough puts us one step closer to instant-on PCs (opens in new tab)
If you've installed Windows on an SSD, it probably doesn't take very long for you to go from pressing your PC's power button to looking at your desktop. Instant booting would be nice, though, and seems like an inevitable development. UK III-V memory puts us a step closer to that future.
Valve is 'absolutely not' making Left 4 Dead 3, for VR or anything else (opens in new tab)
The rumors simply aren't true, says Valve. But we didn't really think Valve would release a new Half-Life game and a new Left 4 Dead game in one year, did we?
More things we wrote
- Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian teases that 'something's brewing' (opens in new tab)
- Rainbow Six Siege is tinkering with ADS times on all weapons and other big changes (opens in new tab)
- A special Humble Bundle is raising funds for Australian animal rescues (opens in new tab)
- Skyrim has a vampire problem in The Elder Scrolls Online's next year of updates (opens in new tab)
- Horizon Zero Dawn rumored to be coming to PC this year (opens in new tab)
- Destiny 2 players are trying to solve a new mystery in the Corridors of Time (opens in new tab)
- Valve's Index VR headset is sold out everywhere (opens in new tab)
- Hundreds of millions of PCs still run Windows 7 as support comes to an end (opens in new tab)
- Doom Eternal has a new trailer, and it's very Doom (opens in new tab)
- Marvel's Avengers has been delayed until September (opens in new tab)
- Sony is skipping E3 2020 (opens in new tab)
- Ubisoft is making a 100-player autobattler (opens in new tab)
- 7 of the 10 best-selling games of the decade were Call of Duty (opens in new tab)
- Stadia is aiming to add more than 120 games in 2020, including ten exclusives (opens in new tab)
- Destiny 2's fund-raising 'Guardians for Australia' T-shirt is now available for preorder (opens in new tab)
Around the office
A big focus for us this week was the launch of our new forums, which you can find at forums.pcgamer.com (opens in new tab)—sign up, drop a cool anime quote in your forum signature (remember those?), and say hello here (opens in new tab).
There are already great discussions happening, and we're working on incorporating some of those into the website—see our weekly Q&A threads (opens in new tab), as a start. We were also joined this week by developers at Sunless Skies (opens in new tab) creator Failbetter Games, who've been offering advice on writing weird horror and interactive fiction in our Studio Spotlight section (opens in new tab).
Quite a few of us plan to jump into Pokémon-like MMO Temtem next week, which is launching in Early Access. Rachel posted a preview of what to expect (opens in new tab), and it's looking promising if, yes, very inspired by Pokémon.
Meanwhile, Chris watched a YouTuber shock himself (opens in new tab) every time he took damage in Minecraft (not recommended), Fraser wondered if RTS games can come back from the dead (opens in new tab), and James contemplated the likelihood of PC releases (opens in new tab) for Bloodborne and other PlayStation exclusives.
Now here's your PC gaming blessing of the week: May your ShadowPlay capture hotkey always work the first time, and not after installing a GeForce Experience update you didn't know you needed to install.
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