A little over a year ago, Cyberpunk 2077 released in a truly sorry state. The developer, CD Projekt Red, has been working tirelessly ever since to fix the many last-gen bugs and performance issues (with more success on the first than on the second), which means those lucky enough to buy an Xbox Series X or PS5 have to wait for the true next-gen experience.
The original ambitious schedule released almost exactly a year ago by CD Projekt Red had the free next-gen update arriving in the second half of 2021, but by September the developer was already admitting that was up in the air.
Sure enough, 2022 has passed without any news on the next-gen update – but it looks like there’s finally something to report on that front. In one Press release Confirming that said update will now arrive in the first quarter of 2022, the company said it will arrive “alongside another major update for all platforms”.
And eagle-eyed Reddit users noticed that the SteamDB entry for the game has been updated for the first time since October. Although this might be a small fix (“fixed font in credits”, joke a user), the hope is that this is the first sign of the “major update” which, if the press release was accurate, should coincide with the real experience of the next-gen console.
Better late than never?
The big question is whether anyone really cares at this point. Personally, I know a few people who tried to play it at launch and bounced back with the intention of coming back later. These people seem apathetic to the idea now. The shine of the new game is gone, even with the possibility of a bit of next-gen polish.
And while the game is now worth playing if you have the right hardware, CD Projekt Red may well regret its generous offer of a free PS5 and Xbox Series X version update for buyers of the game. last generation. .
Many buyers have been asking for refunds on Cyberpunk 2077 (Sony pulled the game from its digital store and still carries a performance warning now that it’s been restored), and anyone who buys the game now for next-gen play will benefit from advantageous price due to the initial backlash.
Good news for gamers, but arguably worse for business already disgruntled investors.