Cyberpunk 2077 is less than 50 hours because The Witcher 3 was too long

CD Projekt has said that Cyberpunk 2077 will be purposefully shorter than The Witcher 3, because people complained about their last game.

There’s one strain of thought that says a video game can never be too long, and that more is always better, but others are concerned that many story-based games are unnecessarily drawn out – often in an attempt to not seem like poor value for money.

That’s certainly not something you could say about The Witcher 3, but not only did many people complain its story was too long but, according to CD Projekt, a ‘tremendous’ number of players never completed it.

In a recent interview, senior quest designer Patrick Mills reveals that CD Projekt Red ‘got a lot of complaints’ about the length of The Witcher 3, lending to the decision to make Cyberpunk 2077 ‘slightly shorter’.

According to HowLongToBeat It would take a little over 50 hours to complete the Witcher 3 by just playing the story missions (most people take at least two or three times that) but without more specific information the only thing you can say about Cyberpunk 2077 is that it’ll presumably be less than 50 hours.

‘We want you to see the whole story. So, we did shorten the main story, but we have lots to do. And in terms of a completionist campaign, I just don’t have that number,’ said Mills, when asked how long a more typical playthrough might take.

After several delays Cyberpunk 2077 is due to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on 19 November, the same day as the PlayStation 5 in Europe.

Although the game will feature upgraded performance on the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 there won’t be any dedicated next gen versions until next year, although when they do arrive you’ll be able to upgrade for free.

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