Game publisher CD Projekt Red rolled out a massive downloadable update for “Cyberpunk 2077” today, promising that the update will apply to over 500 fixes and improvements to the futuristic action adventure.
Why it matters: “Cyberpunk 2077 ”was one of 2020’s most hyped new video games, but it was launched in December in rough form and became one of the industry’s biggest outbursts. Today’s patch is part of an attempt to meet the game’s original expectations.
- If you have not seen “Cyberpunk 2077”, think “Grand Theft Auto”, but in the future. The game allows players to create and control a main character named V, who explores and shoots his way through the criminal metropolis of Night City.
- But things went so badly, especially on the aging but widely used PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, that CD Projekt quickly began to encourage and offer refunds, even when Sony PlayStation removed the tent release from the online store.
Between the lines: As soon as the game was released, CDPR was looted by frustrated fans who said they were being bitten and swapped by months of marketing a much better game than the one being released. The studio quickly began to apologize.
- When asked during a conversation with investors on December 14 about the game’s performance on consoles, CEO Marcin Iwiński said: “We definitely did not spend enough time looking at it.”
This new solution, patch 1.20, was planned for February, but the studio said late last month that it would be delayed due to a ransomware attack on the company’s computers.
The big picture: Game developers and publishers can often use post-release updates to repair games that are launched in gross form.
- In recent years, Square-Enix’s “Final Fantasy XIV”, Ubisoft’s “Rainbow Six Siege” and Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky “have been shredded by critics and gamers at launch, and were digitally rehabilitated into beloved and lucrative hits.
For CDPR, “Cyberpunk”‘s problems are particularly embarrassing. The studio is a cultural institution in its native Poland, to the point that then-Prime Minister Donald Tusk in 2011 gave then-US President Barack Obama a copy of CDPR’s game “The Witcher 2.”
- The previous game, “The Witcher 3”, has sold 50 million copies and is expected to increase future success.
- CDPR went all-out with “Cyberpunk”, even hired Keanu Reeves to star as a digital guest in the game and to hype the game in TV commercials.
- The company’s shares reached a full-time high of $ 31 a week before “Cyberpunk” was released, but fell rapidly. It costs $ 15 today.
What they say. A CDPR representative told Axios that the new update should demonstrate that they do not bail on the game.
- But CDPR refused to say when “Cyberpunk” would resell on the online PlayStation Store, as it is still sold out in one of the largest potential markets.
- A Sony representative also had no comment on when the game would be back.
What’s next: The huge update, which is over 40 GB on the Xbox (the game itself is almost 60 GB on the Xbox), will take time for players to download and even longer to try out.
- Early reports indicate that the updated version is playing somewhat better.
- But the problem remains that “Cyberpunk” on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 does not look as good as it did the game’s long campaign.