Cyberpunk 2077 officially released on 10 December 2020, and despite high hopes, the game has struggled significantly. CD Projekt Co-Founder and CEO Marcin Iwiński spoke today about the struggles they faced and revealed when the next update will arrive.
CD Projekt was originally founded in 1994 to primarily as a game distributor, and the game development department CD Projekt Red was launched in 2002. The studio’s first game was The Witcher in 2008, and they focused solely on that series and the game’s sequels until turning to Cyberpunk 2077.
The development and release of Cyberpunk 2077
Development on Cyberpunk 2077 first got rolling in 2012, with the game based on Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk tabletop role-playing game first released in 1988 that saw later updated versions released in 1990, 2005, and again last year in 2020.
When the game was initially announced in 2012, CD Projekt Red Community Manager Marcin Momot spoke to Engadget and explained they would also draw inspiration “from William Gibson novels, Blade Runner, the Ghost in the Shell anime and manga, System Shock, and ‘the first part of Deus Ex’.”
Things slowly continued to progress over the following years, with development picking up in 2016 following the studio’s release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine. Keanu Reeves was brought on board to play the role of Johnny Silverhand in 2018, cementing a crucial part of the game’s eventual narrative.
After trailers were revealed in 2013, 2018, and 2019, Cyberpunk 2077 eventually was given a release date of 16 April 2020, which was pushed to 17 September, then 19 November, and eventually to the final release date of 10 December 2020.
What went wrong on consoles
While it performed relatively well on PC and Stadia upon release, Cyberpunk 2077 ran into significant struggles on consoles and especially past-gen consoles such as Xbox One and PS4. Multiple reports flooded in from gamers on release day of loading issues, bugs, broken features, and complete crashes.
In my own experience playing at launch on a base model PS4, the console had a very hard time keeping up with the demands of Cyberpunk 2077. It became standard procedure to save often and expect the game to crash every few hours, if not more often, which was covered in our guide to secrets the game won’t tell you.
In CD Projekt Red’s video and announcement today, titled “Our Commitment to Quality,” Co-Founder and CEO Marcin Iwiński spoke candidly about the struggles they faced in adjusting the PC version of the game to consoles.
“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,” Iwiński said.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Iwiński further explained the timeline of the game’s release and reviews, as well as the timing of their work on the day zero update for Cyberpunk 2077 and hopes it would solve more things than it ultimately did. He affirmed that their “top priority since launch has been to fix bugs in Cyberpunk 2077.”
When is the next Cyberpunk 2077 update coming?
Perhaps the most exciting news for those still playing and enjoying Cyberpunk 2077 despite the game’s issues was when to expect the next update. When speaking on plans to continue fixing Cyberpunk 2077 moving forward, Iwiński revealed the game’s first update will dropping in the next 10 days.
While a few hotfixes have been released for the game already, these only hit on a few bug fixes and this update should cover more improvements overall. CD Projekt Red has not revealed update notes, more details, or an exact release date and time, but players can look forward to seeing it in the next 10 days.
Iwiński also confirmed there is a larger update planned for the coming weeks, but the timeline for its release was left more open-ended and likely hinges on progress the studio is still trying to make.
When can we expect more updates and DLC for Cyberpunk 2077?
While the timeline has been left without exact dates, CD Projekt Red has confirmed multiple updates and free DLC are planned for this year. As exciting as it can be to have a future DLC in the works, it’s not surprising that they’ve turned the focus to updates until Cyberpunk 2077 is more consistent and stable on all platforms.
Iwiński promised more information would be revealed in the coming months. He also commented on the next-gen console update for those playing on PS5 and Xbox Series X, which is currently slated for “the second half of the year,” but was left without a more specific time just yet.
Further details have yet to be revealed, but today’s announcement is a huge step for CD Projekt Red as they continue to improve Cyberpunk 2077. The studio lost a lot of goodwill from gamers and critics due to the flawed release of Cyberpunk 2077, and this is a step towards remedying that.
We’ll continue to provide coverage of Cyberpunk 2077 as the update release dates and details are revealed. Again, right now the only thing known for certain an update is coming in the next 10 days, but we can surely expect to hear more from CD Projekt Red soon.