Cyberpunk 2077 has now unquestionably got hold of the most anticipated game title, after the release of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 in late October.
Sadly we don't know yet when the first-person action roleplaying game in development at CD PROJEKT RED will be launched exactly. However, a recent report by Polish analyst firm StockWatch suggests it may come out in the last quarter of 2019 (translation credits go to Reddit user dr4kun).
Cyberpunk 2077 vs Red Dead Redemption 2: We're keeping to the estimate of a debut in Q4 of 2019, with sales of 19 million copies in Q4 alone, and income of 1.9 billion PLN (about 525 million USD). During a conference call, the Board has confirmed that quality remains the absolute highest priority for CD Projekt, and Cyberpunk 2077 will be no less elaborate and polished than Red Dead Redemption 2. For comparison, the sales of Red Dead Redemption 2 (gross) was 725 million USD within the first three days after it shipped, 15 million copies within the first eight days, and 17 million copies within the first twelve days (data from Take Two). The game was released only on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. With that in mind, our forecasts for Cyberpunk 2077 seem very reserved - remember the game will be simultaneously both on the consoles [PS4 and XBO] and PC. We also believe that the world of Cyberpunk/sci-fi should be more popular among gamers than the Wild West.
Of course, this is merely an estimate made by the analysts and should not be taken as an official release date, which can only be provided in due time by CD PROJEKT RED. That said, they could very well be right. After all, the Polish developers confirmed at Gamescom this year the game was entirely playable in August, albeit clearly still very much in need of polish and bug fixing. Almost a year and a half later, Cyberpunk 2077 should be ready to get into the hands of millions of gamers.
The release window could prove to be ideal, too. There will be no big open world game due in late 2019, as far as we currently know. There won't be another Assassin's Creed game next year, for example, or another Rockstar game for that matter given this year's release of Red Dead Redemption 2. Obsidian's The Outer Worlds could also be due in Fall 2019, but it's been confirmed that it won't be an open world game and it cannot match the hype of Cyberpunk 2077, anyway.