It had a bad start, especially due to the problems that its version for old-generation consoles presented, but in the end Cyberpunk 2077 has been a complete success, and its sequel is fully confirmed by CD Projekt RED. The Polish study has said that the initial phase of development will begin in 2024, and that this new installment “will unleash the full potential of the Cyberpunk universe.”
According to CD Projekt RED , if everything goes according to plan, the initial R&D phase that will be key to being able to start developing the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 will take place in early 2024, although they warn that there could be small delays. If all goes well, it is likely that the release of this game will occur in the final phase of the life cycle of the current generation of consoles, that is, between 2027 and 2028, although this is merely indicative, there is still nothing official.
I find the comment that this installment is going to “unleash the full potential” of the universe that CD Projekt RED created with Cyberpunk 2077 very interesting, and that is that by reading between the lines we can get a lot of information. On the one hand, it is more than clear that the original installment was hampered by the version for the old-generation consoles.
Yes, I am referring to Xbox One and PS4, and it is that in the end the limitations imposed by these consoles at the hardware level considerably affected the development of Cyberpunk 2077. I am not going to expand on this topic because we already touched on it at the time in this article , where we saw that the problem was not only in optimization, but in trying to bring a game as demanding as this one to two consoles that had hardware that was well below the minimum requirements .
With the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 we will no longer have that problem, that is what CD Projekt RED refers to. This title will be developed based on the current generation consoles, and given the release date it will have, it is likely that it will also be optimized to take advantage of the potential of PS5 Pro and Xbox Series X Next.
We can therefore expect notable technical improvements compared to the previous version, and I am sure that NVIDIA and CD Projekt RED will work together again to introduce advanced ray tracing , as well as optimizations and technologies that will improve performance, such as It happens with the current version, which supports DLSS 2 and DLSS 3.
This sequel will be developed by CD Projekt studios located in Boston and Vancouver , and we will have to wait a few years until we see the first images with actual gameplay scenes. All in all, I think the first expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 will give us an idea of what to expect, as this DLC will be exclusive to PS5, Xbox Series XS, and PC.