Cyberpunk 2077 launched in a way that some expected – extremely buggy, with shocking performance on the base PS4 and Xbox One consoles. For those who played The Witcher 3 at launch, this isn’t some huge surprise, that game also launched in a poor state.
Today CD Projekt Red announced that they had failed to deliver on their promises, apologizing for the rough state of the game on base consoles, and made the promise that they would continue to improve performance and iron out bugs. You can read the full message below:
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The key area to focus on is that the game has already received one major patch, just a few days after launch. Update 1.04 addressed some bugs, glitches, and errors with key story moments, although did little to improve the game’s performance on last-gen hardware.
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Further updates planned for the start of 2021, with two separate patches arriving in January and February, will hopefully bring the game’s performance more in-line with people’s expectations.
CDPR was also keen to state that they are helping people get refunds for the game if they have been disappointed with their purchase. This could be a good route to go down if you don’t want to wait for the updates or feel like you’ve been tricked by CDPR – you wouldn’t be the only person to feel this way.
Alternatively, you could sit back and wait a few more months (the game probably should’ve been delayed again, anyway) and play the game when some of the bugs and performance issues have been smoothed over.
If CDPR’s history with game development is anything to go by, you can put a fair bit of trust in the studio that released The Witcher 3 and then fine-tuned it over several months to produce one of the best games of the decade.
Cyberpunk 2077 is not a finished game, but the fundamentals of a masterpiece are lurking somewhere in the bugs, performance issues, and shoddy AI.
Its story is compelling and the world is beautiful, it can just be a little hard to enjoy with some of the problems people are experiencing, even on top-end hardware.
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Alongside the expected free DLC packs – which will hopefully include some major QOL changes as well as new content to enjoy in Night City – Cyberpunk 2077 is probably one of those games you could wait a year to play and then get the most out of the title.