CD Projekt Red, the Polish developers of the hugely anticipated science-fiction RPG Cyberpunk 2077, has announced that Soulcalibur publishers Bandai Namco will distribute the game in the UK and across Europe. While there is still no sign of a release date for the game that set E3 2018 alight, the announcement of CD Projekt Red's distribution partners will spark hope that news is coming soon.
The European arm of Bandai Namco, a Japanese entertainment company specialising in video games, will distribute Cyberpunk 2077 across 24 European countries, including the UK and Ireland, France, Germany and Spain. It was recently announced that Warner Bros. will be the game's distributor in the United States.
CD Projekt Red are technically their own publishers, but have worked with Bandai Namco on the distribution of their biggest games in the past. Both The Witcher 2 and hugely successful The Witcher 3 were distributed by Bandai Namco in this country.
The Witcher 3, in particular, has made $250m while The Witcher series as a whole has now sold over 33 million copies. CD Projekt Red will be hoping for similar success with Cyberpunk 2077.
“Our current distribution partnership with Bandai Namco is built on the strong foundation and trust developed during our previous projects,” said CD Projekt Red's Senior Vice President of Business Development Michal Nowakowski. “I’m convinced Bandai Namco will take good care of Cyberpunk 2077.”
“CD Projekt Red has become, in just a few years, one of the leading studios in this sector with a truly innovative approach to each game and we are both proud and excited to confirm that we’ll be part of the Cyberpunk 2077 project,” said Bandai Namco Europe's Alberto González Lorca.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person role-playing game heavily based on Mike Pondsmith's tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020. Set in the fictional Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 sees you playing as the customisable mercenary V as they make their way in the sprawling dystopian world.
Originally announced in 2012, we got our first look at Cyberpunk 2077's gameplay in a blistering 60 minute demo at E3 2018. Such was the impact of the demo, which The Telegraph said had 'a density of detail on display that was almost impossible to take in', that it sparked debate over whether it could run on current generation consoles.
While a release date is yet to be confirmed, CD Projekt Red has said that the game is indeed planned to release on PS4, Xbox One and PC.