Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games that will (hopefully) come out in 2020. However, it has been hit with many delays, with the most recent one pushing back its launch date into December.
Path of Exile, probably the most popular Diablo-like RPG, was shooting to release their 3.13 update on December 10th. This date just so happens to be the day before Cyberpunk 2077 is now set to be released. Grinding Gear Games has decided that they will delay the release of patch 3.13 into January to give its players the option to play Cyberpunk 2077 without having to decide which game to play.
This announcement comes in the form of a forum post where they go into more detail about the delay of the upcoming update:
We were previously targeting a launch date of December 11 for our 3.13 end-game expansion. As we discussed last week, our new development methodology gives us confidence that we'd be able to hit this date with a high-quality expansion. Yesterday, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will now be released on December 10. We do not want to put our players in a position of having to choose between these two games, so we have decided to step out of the way and delay the release of Path of Exile 3.13 until January.
We still expect to finish 3.13 by early/mid-December. The scope of this expansion will remain unchanged. During the month of delay before release, we will start work on the 3.14 expansion.
So that you still have some interesting Path of Exile stuff to play over the Christmas/New Year break, we're planning to run at least one multi-week event (for example, Flashback). We'll confirm details of these event(s) once we have put together a plan.
While this delay will hopefully not affect our development schedule, it will probably cause our release schedule to change a little bit during 2021. We'll post details about this as soon as we have more information about these dates and when we'll be announcing 3.13.
The responses to this announcement have been mixed, but overall it appears to be mostly positive.
Path of Exile will be holding multi-week events to ensure that the extra wait time will be eventful.
I understand their reasoning behind the delay. Path of Exile keeps a lot of its player base with "Leagues." If Path of Exile has to compete with another game that many want to play, there is a chance that the overall league results may suffer, and thus less playtime spent on Path of Exile.
So, let us hope for a December 11th release date for Cyberpunk 2077, without any more delays!