Cyberpunk 2077 has reached a production milestone, as CD Projekt Red announced that the game has “gone gold.” The studio took to Twitter to mark the occasion, with a promo image showing Keanu Reeves’ character Johnny Silverhand holding a gold Cyberpunk disc.
Going “gold” is an industry term to describe finalizing and certifying the game code that is pressed to retail discs. It usually comes shortly before a game’s release date, to allow for production time, but it signifies that official work on the base game is completed. The work doesn’t end there, though, as many modern games also come with day-one patches that may squash some remaining bugs or add quality-of-life fixes and tweaks. Going gold also makes the possibility of another delay pretty low, given that it’s already been delayed several times.
For CD Projekt Red, that last stretch has come under scrutiny recently, following reports that the studio had instituted mandatory extra work. CDPR studio head Adam Badowski referenced the game nearing completion in his statement confirming the crunch period.