Cyberpunk 2077’s developer – CD Projekt Red have now put forward a public apology regarding the messy launch of the game. The futuristic open-world RPG launched back in December on PC and old-gen consoles (PS4, Xbox One) in a less-than-favorable state, leading to the console versions being unplayable for many. While the company has said in the past that a full-on next-gen update in coming in 2021, the reality is that the majority of gamers are on older consoles and likely won’t be able to have a satisfying experience until the game is patched out.
This, of course, is not a surprise in the slightest, as CDPR acknowledges that they were aware of the game’s extremely bad state at launch. It’s the primary reason why CDPR only provided reviews copies for PC and put a strict embargo on sharing console footage.
In the video above, CDPR’s co-founder Marcin Iwiński apologizes for the state of the game and proposes the plan to fix the game and deliver on the free DLCs throughout 2021. The company also published a ‘roadmap’ regarding the update timeline, which in my opinion looks to address the bare minimum issues a single-player game should have fixed by launch.
We reviewed Cyberpunk 2077 on PC and had a fun time with it, and we recommend players to try out the game on that platform right now if they really want to play the game. Regardless of the bugs and glitches, the game saw extremely impressive numbers on Steam, breaking the concurrent player record for a single-player game when it launched. While CDPR proudly stated that they had crossed over 8 million pre-orders despite the issues, we also knew that the situation behind the scenes was far from as celebratory as the Polish developer might have shown.
Just a few days after release, CDPR held an emergency board meeting to discuss their plans to fix the game. As expected, the majority of issues in development came from having to accommodate for the older generation of consoles, as well as issues in management who turned a blind eye to developer woes. We can only hope that Cyberpunk 2077 pulls a No Man’s Sky with future updates, making the game playable for gamers regardless of platform and delivering what the game deserves. After all, there is a great game underneath all of it.