CD Projekt RED Provide Response to Less-Than-Stellar Launch of Cyberpunk 2077

Released on store shelves last month for the outgoing and new generation of video game consoles, Cyberpunk 2077 will very likely be one of the most divisive game releases of this decade. While the game is brilliant in many aspects, at launch, especially on last generation hardware, it was a buggy mess and was the first time I have ever seen my consoles error screen – let alone several dozen times while playtesting.

A month post-launch, and we have finally received a full video statement from CD Projekt RED Co-Founder Marcin Iwiński, as well as a Q&A. The video outlines who is taking responsibility for releasing the game in its launch state, the struggles faced with early last generation console hardware, and how they plan to resolve the issues players still face.

On the official Cyberpunk 2077 website, a new article titled “Our Commitment” outlines the roadmap for the coming year and provides a Q&A for some of the most frequently asked questions. You can read the full article HERE, or scroll down for a selection of highlights.

Q: Why is there such a gap between PC versions of Cyberpunk 2077 and old-gen consoles?

A: Cyberpunk 2077 is huge in scope, it features a multitude of custom objects, interacting systems and mechanics. In the game, everything is not stretched out over flat terrain where we can make things less taxing hardware-wise, but condensed in one big city and in a relatively loading-free environment. We made it even more difficult for ourselves by first wanting to make the game look epic on PCs and then adjusting it to consoles — especially old-gens. That was our core assumption. And things did not look super difficult at first, while we knew the hardware gap, ultimately, time has proven that we’ve underestimated the task.

Q: When can we expect the next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077?

A: For those who are playing the game on next-gen consoles via backwards compatibility, we are planning the free, next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox Series consoles, and PlayStation 5, this year. We’re aiming for the second half of the year and we’ll reveal more when we have more to share.

Q: Are you making the team crunch to work on the patches? 

A: The team is working to bring relevant fixes to the game without any obligatory overtime. Avoiding crunch on all of our future projects is one of our top priorities.

Cyberpunk 2077 is now available to purchase for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. However, due to Sony Interactive Entertainment removing the game from their PlayStation Store, only physical copies are available for the PlayStation 4.

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