CD Projekt Red may sound like they’re behind on getting review codes out to everyone for Cyberpunk 2077, but they’re not slow on telling fans when they can start to play the game. In a recent image that the developer officially shared, we can see that the timings of the game’s launch stretch from December 9 in the US, to December 10 on the other side of the world. This is a tricky one for me because I’m slap bang in the middle of it all. However, I think it’s worse for those on either side of the start and finish because there’s some immense pressure on when you start playing. Let’s dive into it.
The wait is almost over!
If you're looking to play #Cyberpunk2077 as soon as it's available, here's a map with global release timings.
For PC and Stadia players, the release is simultaneous and scheduled for midnight GMT, and for all console players – midnight local time. pic.twitter.com/W0QLIFAhH1
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 3, 2020
Take a look at the image above and familiarise yourself with your starting time. In the US, the earliest you can start to play is December 9 at 4pm PST. Over on the right, in New Zealand, the latest you can play is 1PM NZDT on December 10. For me, the start time is pretty reasonable, first thing on December 10. That means that if I leave my console on in standby overnight, it should download the game and be ready to play by the time I wake up. This, for me, is perfect.
I think that the reason that there are varying start times for the game around the world is due to the issues behind its delays over the last year. I don’t think distribution pipelines are working nearly as well as they once were, and that’s why we’ve got a bit of a mess here. The game is developed in Europe, so seeing it launch first in the US seems crazy. That’s where the largest audience is though, and historical data must show that 4pm is the perfect time for fans to start playing games.
My only hope for the day is that Cyberpunk 2077 releases on time. The game could see a delay of a few hours if something behind the scenes goes wrong. We could equally hit the day and see no game at all. It wouldn’t be the first time. I really just want CD Projekt Red to have a successful launch, because it means everyone can stop moaning about the game, and start talking about how good it feels to play.