Just before Gamescom opened, Google announced a slate of upcoming titles for their Stadia video game streaming service, and confirmed at last that 2020’s most anticipated title, Cyberpunk 2077, would be on that service. The problem is, it won’t be immediate.
From CD Projekt Red, creators of The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world action-adventure RPG in the grungy neon world of Night City. You’ll be playing V, a merc seeking what is rumored to be forbidden tech that could help humans live indefinitely. That’s the main goal, but as in The Witcher 3, there will be plenty of side distractions along the way.
Cyberpunk 2077 will show up for Playstation 4, XBox One and PC next April, but Google would only promise that the game will appear on Stadia “within the same year.” While Cyberpunk 2077 is a nice get, it’s not an immediate one, and Stadia will have more problems than just securing the hot new titles timely.
Stadia is a brand-new type of product consumers are unfamiliar with and a bit wary of. There is skepticism that streaming speeds are stable enough across the US to pull it off (Google’s announcement livestream stuttered and chugged on YouTube, a platform Google owns). There’s also wariness regarding Google itself, which has cut off many projects prematurely when it didn’t feel they were generating profit quickly enough. What if this happens AFTER you bought a $60 game that only exists as electronic data, on a server Google just shut off?
But enough doom and gloom…check out this new director diary video. Cyberpunk 2077 will be out on consoles and PC, but not Stadia, on April 16.