Two weeks ago, CD Projekt delayed Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) from its slated release in November until December 10. Today it reaffirmed that launch date, telling IGN (opens in new tab) that the date is solid.
"As a rule, we don’t comment on rumors or speculation," a rep told the site. "But I will confirm we were just taking time to update all of our assets to reflect the new launch date of December 10th."
The unusual confirmation came in the wake of a rumor that, as far as I can tell, was sparked by this tweet:
Uhhhhhhhhhhhh...So, what if #Cyberpunk2077 gets delayed..... Again. Like what if it doesn't launch this year. Like uh until 2021.... Just asking..... #cyberpunkNovember 9, 2020
There's no apparent basis for the tweet, but the account came to prominence earlier this year when it predicted the cancellation of E3 nearly a week before it happened. A subsequent call about a Nintendo Direct event, as documented in this Vice report (opens in new tab), wasn't quite as on the money, but still close enough to maintain the requisite rumor legitimacy.
More cynical readers than I might point out that CD Projekt had previously committed to "no more delays" just a few weeks before the recent delay, and even gave "full confirmation (opens in new tab)" that the November release date was solid a day before the delay was announced—although according to some reports, developers themselves weren't aware of the postponement until it happened.
Hopefully there won't be any more surprises like that over the next month. The rumor account that started the uproar remains unconvinced, however.
I guess CDPR updated their profile yesterday to double down on December 10 after the rumor we heard went kind of nuts on a couple sites. Still not convinced. Hearing bad stuff internally that there will likely be another delay till January 2021.#cyberpunk#cyberpunk2077November 10, 2020