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Cyberpunk 2077 is an action role-playing game developed and published by CD Projekt, releasing for Microsoft Windows (via GOG.com, Steam and Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One on December 10, 2020, with an enhanced version also available for the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. It is based on the tabletop Cyberpunk 2020 board game, and is set fifty-seven years later in dystopian Night City, an open world with six distinct regions.
On January 16, 2020, CD Projekt Red announced that the game was being pushed back from its original release on April 16, 2020 to September 17, 2020 for additional playtesting, polishing and bugfixing. On June 18, 2020, the release date was pushed back from September 17, 2020 to November 19, 2020. On October 27, 2020, the release date was pushed back to December 10, 2020. Preloading on PC via the GOG Galaxy client and Steam was permitted from 5pm UTC on December 7, 2020. The game released on December 10, 2020 as planned.
Plot & Gameplay
Prior to the release of Cyberpunk 2077, several gaming jourmalism websites put out reviews stating that they had only been allowed to review the PC version of the game, with no codes being supplied for console versions. Additionally, it was also claimed that CD Projekt had not sanctioned the usage of gameplay footage from the review copy in reviews, with only previously-available or CD Projekt-made "B-roll" footage being deemed acceptable.
On December 10, 2020, the game was immediately supplemented with a version 1.02 day one patch, with a further 1.04 patch following on December 12 for PlayStation 4 and PC users; CD Projekt commented that the patch would be available for Xbox One users at a later date. Gamers on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have reported poor performance, while those on PC, PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X have generally had smoother gameplay experiences. Nevertheless, crashes have been widely reported with all platforms.
On December 14, 2020, CD Projekt via the Cyberpunk 2077 official Twitter account acknowledged that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game were suffering from poor performance on their base console versions, and confirmed that a patch to alleviate some of the problems would be coming in the next seven days, with further patches forthcoming "whenever new improvements are ready". Two additional regular patches were also announced; Patch #1 would land in January 2021, while Patch #2 would land in February 2021. Additionally, it was confirmed that both PC and console gamers would be receiving improvement patches.
On December 18, 2020, Sony issued a statement saying that they were de-listing Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store until further notice, additionally stating that it would grant a refund to anyone requesting it who had digitally purchased the game. Later that day, Microsoft stated that, also until further notice, they would be expanding their existing refund policy to cover anyone who had digitally purchased the game from the Xbox Games Store, although they did not delist the game from the store like Sony did. CD Projekt later that day officially clarified that the decision to suspend the game from the PlayStation Store was a temporary one following discussions with Sony International Entertainment, and confirmed that both physical and digital versions would continue to receive support and updates.
On December 19, 2020, CD Projekt released Patch 1.05 to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers. This patch primarily focused on bugfixes related to quests, visual and UI fixes, stability improvements and crash fixes, as well as fixes for other small issues. CD Projekt mentioned the patch would be coming to PC shortly, where an additional number of improvements have been made relating to multi-core processor configurations, as well as other smaller fixes. The patch became available to PC gamers later on that day, and to Stadia players on December 21. Patch 1.06 was released on December 23, and fixed a widely-reported bug on PC where the save file was limited to 8 MB in size; players that exceeded the save file size experienced save file corruption with the game unable to recover the save file. The patch did not fix save files already corrupted, but would prevent players from encountering it in future.
On January 22, 2021, CD Projekt released Patch 1.1 to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gamers. This patch focused on stability improvements, as well as optimizations related to the game running on the PlayStation 4 Pro and the PlayStation 5, and improvements to memory management on the Xbox consoles. This patch also, however, introduced a game-breaking bug relating to one of the missions, "Down on the Street". CD Projekt released a hotfix, Patch 1.11, on January 28, 2021, to address this and fix some item randomization issues. Patch 1.2 is expected to drop in February, and will build upon the work of Patch 1.1.
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Reviewers have commented that, while the PC version game is buggy, the game largely delivers on its expectations. Gamers have been extremely critical, citing many instances where content has been cut, and heavily critisising the fact that CD Projekt's management were betting on the performance problems on consoles being fixed by release day.
- Cyberpunk 2077 for PC Reviews. Metacritic.
- Cyberpunk 2077 for PlayStation 4 Reviews. Metacritic.
- Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox One Reviews. Metacritic.