Cyberpunk 2077's release has been described as many things: A mess, a disaster, a disappointment, and so on. What once was the most hyped upcoming game has become a running joke for some within the video game community and an enduring frustration for others. Since its tumultuous release, developer CD Projekt Red has been hard at work patching the many issues that have plagued this title, as well as developing new content to temp players into returning to Night City.
Still tentatively planned to hit before the end of 2021, CD Projekt Red will release a current-generation version of the game for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. This version will house numerous improvements designed to take advantage of each console's hardware. Will this release help heal bitter wounds and repair the reputation of a premier developer? Or has the damage already been done and are the new-gen versions a moot point?
10 Does Matter: New Content Is On The Way
Even though the main story of Cyberpunk 2077 was completed in the release version of the game, that doesn't mean CD Projekt Red is done telling stories in the Cyberpunk universe. Cyberpunk 2077 currently has two large-scale expansions, with the first due to release in 2022, giving players a reason to remain invested in Cyberpunk 2077 years into the current generation.
Cyberpunk 2077's DLC model will be similar to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's with a combination of smaller, free, DLC along with larger, paid, expansions.
9 Doesn't Matter: Time & Resources Might Be Better Spent Elsewhere
Between the continual efforts to fix this game's issues, the upcoming expansions, the upcoming PS5/XSX version, as well as the PS5/XSX version of The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red is devoting a lot of time and resources to games that have already been released. Naturally, this takes time, resources, and staffing away from other projects that may be brewing over at CD Projekt Red.
This could also lead to a repeat of Cyberpunk 2077 as whatever new project CD Projekt Red is working on will have less time in full development. If such a game has a set release window, then that project may not be ready to release, which could result in another messy launch.
8 Does Matter: Many Issues Have & Will Be Fixed
CD Projekt Red has released a handful of large patches designed to improve the overall experience. Improvements include removing glitches, improving performance (particularly on the base PS4/XBO system), ensuring quest progress and NPCs work as they were always meant to, and general quality of life improvements. Of course, these additions, and the others to come, will apply to the PS5/XBO version of the game as well.
The condition of the game has improved enough that Sony has allowed the game to return to the PlayStation Store after a six-month hiatus. While the hiatus is still not a good look by any stretch of the imagination, it's a testament to how much effort CD Projekt Red has put into improving the state of the game to ensure players have a much smoother experience than they did at release.
7 Doesn't Matter: Many Issues Will Still Remain
While CD Projekt Red has put in a lot of effort to remedy the game's issues, they won't be able to squash every bug. The game will still have technical glitches, quests that don't work exactly as they should, and so on. Not to mention there's always the potential for new issues that developed specifically to the PS5/XSX version. No game is flawless, but with a game as highly criticized for its flaws as Cyberpunk 2077 is, CD Projekt Red has their work cut out for them to provide an experience that isn't full of immersive-ruining distractions.
The PS5/XSX version will release with a massive microscope gazed upon it. Every bug and flaw will be scrutinized with minimal grace to be had. How many of these issues remain will go a long way toward dictating the game's, and developer's, reputation going forward.
6 Does Matter: New Players Will Have A Better First Impression
One of the many truths of video games is that no game will ever be played by everyone, which means there will always be first-time players. The same will be true for Cyberpunk 2077 as many who will play the PS5/XSX version will experience the game for the first time.
Players who experience the game for the first time on PS5/XSX will not be faced with the same laundry list of issues that hampered the game when it was initially released. They'll experience a game with a significant chunk of those issues fixed. CD Projekt Red is likely banking on those players to spread the word about the current quality of the game in hopes others might be more inclined to give the game a chance, or a second chance.
5 Doesn't Matter: There Are Newer Games To Play
Cyberpunk 2077 was released in December 2020. Since that release, there has been no shortage of games released on PS5 and XSX that have been the focus of players' attention. Numerous notable releases such as Deathloop, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, and Resident Evil Village have been keeping players busy in 2021.
With those games, as well as anticipated releases like Horizon: Forbidden West and Halo Infinite on the way, will players even care about a current-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077? Players will have to decide if a PS5/XSX version will be worth devoting time and money to when it releases, if it's better to wait, or play it at all.
4 Does Matter: The Game Will Take Advantage Of Current-Gen Hardware
With a current-gen upgrade comes plenty of new enhancements that can improve the overall experience for players, including those who are already playing the game on PS5/XSX. The biggest improvements will likely come from enhanced visuals and framerate. The PS5/XSX version will almost certainly take advantage of the current-gen hardware by boasting faster load times, higher resolution, and a smooth and consistent 60fps framerate.
The PS5/XSX will be getting a free upgrade for those who already own the PS4/XBO version of the game. This was something CD Projekt Red announced months before the game was initially released, but is unlikely to change. This will give those who kept the game an excuse to jump back in and experience the game all over again or give the game a second chance.
3 Doesn't Matter: There's Still No Official Release Date
The PS5/XSX version of the game has long had a 2021 release window, but as of now, there is still no definitive release date. CD Projekt Red recently said, in early September, that they were still targeting a late-2021 release date for both this version of the game as well as a current-gen version of The Witcher 3.
With a game marred with development issues, and one that was ultimately released too early, the uncertainty of a release date doesn't strike much confidence. While this can be beneficial, in the sense that CD Projekt Red will be more likely to release this version when it's ready by not being bound to a release date, there is still a lot of unanswered questions of whether or not it will ever see the light of day. If it does, what state will it be in?
2 Does Matter: Other Games Have Shown That Even Terrible Reputations Can Improve
It's not unheard of that a game that was highly criticized at release manages to improve its reputation over time. Games such as No Man's Sky and Street Fighter V have won players over through their ongoing updates. Dedicated and first-time players will spread the word that the quality of the game has improved, and players on the fence will be more inclined to give it a shot.
So long as CD Projekt Red continues to work on Cyberpunk 2077, the reputation of the game will improve. The question that remains is whether or not it will be enough. Providing players with a PS5/XSX version will be a good step in that direction.
1 Doesn't Matter: The Damage Has Already Been Done
No matter how many updates, improvements, and content Cyberpunk 2077 received, the negative stigma of its release state will still remains in the minds of players. Those who have yet to try Cyberpunk 2077 might still be reluctant to do so even if the game's reputation improves immensely. Some will also refuse to buy it on the belief that developers should better strive to release a polished and quality game right out of the gate.
For players who were invested in Cyberpunk 2077 leading up to release, it's easy to understand why they still feel bitter about their experience. Despite the improvements that have, and will be, made, that initial experience is still fresh. Many players out there aren't ready to give Cyberpunk 2077 a second chance. If they ever will.