CD Projekt RED is the latest game company to pledge their support to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protest by delaying their planned Cyberpunk 2077 event in favor of keeping the spotlight on those fighting against police brutality.
The company that gave us The Witcher franchise and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 experience took to Twitter to relay their own statement amidst a flood of support from individuals and companies all over the world. "We decided to move Night City Wire to Jun 25th," reads the statement made on the game's official Twitter account. "We still look forward to sharing new information about CP’77, but more important discussions are happening right now and we want them to be heard. We wholeheartedly stand against racism, intolerance and violence. Black Lives Matter."
For those that have been out of the loop, the latest protests began following shortly after footage went live witnessing the murder of George Floyd due to imposed force by members of the police force over alleged, and only suspected, forgery. No trial, just death by asphyxiation, and all of it was recorded for the world to see. This action understandably was met with fear and anger, and the United States answered in the form of peaceful protests that later evolved into more actionable forms of rebellion. What is going on recently is not the first time the Black Lives Matter movement has made itself known, and it won't be the last if things don't change, and many companies around the world have been pledging their support to what's going on both with words and actions seen with donations and supplies to the protesters.
Many companies have been vocal on social media to pledge their support by halting announcements and planned events to not take away from the current messaging being echoed on a global scale. CD Projekt RED is only the latest to alter their plans as more and more people ban together to highlight what a lot of media opts not to focus on: the peaceful protests and the ways that people are coming together to protect each other and to make sure that this message doesn't get buried under the latest Instagram and TikTok trend.
It's possible that the Cyberpunk 2077 showcase could be pushed back even further, a reason why Sony, Activision, and many others haven't supplied hard makeup dates, but for now; June 25th is when those interested can get a closer look at Cyberpunk's Night City Wire.
What do you think about the Cyberpunk 2077 event being delayed? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter by joining the conversation there or to simply share what you are doing during this time. For those that are looking for ways to help outside of protesting, here's a great resource to check out. Be safe out there.