How the Cyberpunk 2077 Delay Shook-Up Gaming Across the Board

Few would deny that CD Projekt Red’s upcoming title, Cyberpunk 2077, is one of the most highly-anticipated games of all-time. With its unique theme being backed by a proven, player-friendly studio, the hype is deserved. However, once again, we’ve had to report that the game has been delayed, as explained here:

Usually, a game postponement is followed by some social media disgruntlement and not much else: but this is Cyberpunk 2077. Its delay has been felt across all forms of gaming, with some seeking to capitalize on the newfound gap in the calendar. Others fear what’s to come when it releases on December 10.

Fleeing the sales tsunami of 2020 gaming

At the time of the delay, CD Projekt Red had already announced that the game had turned gold – meaning that it is playable from start to finish – but that a delay is needed to improve the title further. As such, this shift in release date from the colossal title may result in the meaning of going gold being diminished. Or, as we’ve seen, other developers fear that the game really will live up to its Mount Olympus-tier expectations, especially with more time to achieve the feat.

As detailed at, two exciting releases set to hit the market in December have now vacated the launch window. Grinding Gear Games first pushed its December 11 release for Path of Exile back into January 2021. Next, Rockfish Games did the same for Everspace 2, citing a huge amount of community crossover. Nothing should be held against these studios as it’s undoubtedly the smart financial play, given the absurd draw of Cyberpunk 2077.

Making the most of the Cyberpunk-sized void

Cyberpunk 2077 has disrupted many December launches, but it has also created a greater opportunity in the November gaming space. Top gaming platforms and individual titles stand to benefit from November, the biggest period for game sales, being much less crowded now.

Most notably, knowing that players intending to dig into the CD Projekt Red title have a bit of a gap in their calendar, online gaming platforms have considerably upped the ante to offer even larger game-centric free play. As shown by, one offers no-deposit spins on Dynamite Riches, another 200 free spins on Book of Dead and Vikings Go Berzerk. The site alone lists over 15 platforms that have enhanced their new player offers for November.

In console and PC gaming, the November 19 date that Cyberpunk 2077 had been delayed into was already surrounded by big-hitters. This likely wouldn’t have affected the game based on Mike Pondsmith’s tabletop RPG, but its latest shift helps those that would have competed. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks to have benefitted, sticking to its November 10 release, as would one of the PS5’s first exclusive games, Godfall. On top of those, a new Call of Duty game would have come out a mere six days before Cyberpunk.

Those who have been following Cyberpunk 2077 for years will be disappointed by its delay, as will those who were sitting in its new landing spot. However, avid gamers have now been granted an opportunity to enjoy what remains in the massive November window.