CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 was arguably one of the most hotly anticipated games of recent times, yet its launch became infamous for all the wrong reasons. However, with recent announcements and updates, there’s renewed hope for this sci-fi epic. Here’s everything you need to know.
From Troubled Waters to Smooth Sailing
When Cyberpunk 2077 hit the shelves, expectations were sky-high. Given CD Projekt Red’s sterling reputation courtesy of “The Witcher 3”, many awaited a flawless masterpiece. Sadly, reality proved otherwise:
- Buggy Launch: From glitchy graphics to performance lags, the game’s initial state was hardly optimal.
- Sony’s Response: Owing to the game’s unstable launch version, Sony pulled it off the PSN Store, a decision reversed only in 2021 post several patches.
The Rise: New-gen Console Update
A significant turning point was the new-gen update in February 2022 for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. It addressed many issues and brought the game closer to its E3 promises, laying the groundwork for future expansions.
Enter Phantom Liberty: Expanding Night City
Phantom Liberty, the major expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, holds much promise:
- Expanding Horizons: A fresh zone in Night City awaits exploration.
- New Adventures: Engage in brand-new missions and hone V’s abilities.
- Star Power: Idris Elba graces the game, lending his charisma to Solomon Reed.
Gamescom ONL: Unveiling Updates and Surprises
During this year’s Gamescom ONL, fans were treated to a dazzling gameplay trailer for Phantom Liberty. But the bigger shock was the announcement of a free, massive update, independent of the expansion.
- Update 2.0’s Offerings: Enhanced enemy combat AI, an added Relic skill tree, and a more realistic NCPD AI, replete with advanced response mechanisms.
- Vehicle Upgrades: Experience refined driving dynamics, including the ability to engage in vehicle combat and hack enemy conveyances on the move.
Update 2.0’s Imminent Launch?
Recent buzz suggests Update 2.0 might arrive sooner than anticipated. A tweet from PlayStation Game Size hinting at its addition to the PlayStation database has fanned these flames. While the exact release date remains speculative, excitement is palpable.
Phantom Liberty: Technical Details and Launch
For the tech-savvy, Phantom Liberty will demand approximately 36GB on the PS5’s hard drive. Set your calendars for its official release on 27 September, available for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.
The Future of Cyberpunk 2077
While Phantom Liberty marks the grand finale for Cyberpunk 2077, it’s not the end for the franchise. CD Projekt Red has eyes set on a sequel. Additionally, the gaming community eagerly awaits the next chapter in The Witcher saga with the announcement of The Witcher 4.
A Phoenix-Like Ascension
Cyberpunk 2077’s journey epitomizes the classic tale of resurgence. From a rocky start to a potential landmark conclusion with Phantom Liberty and Update 2.0, the game is set to redefine its legacy. CD Projekt Red has proven that with determination, feedback, and continuous improvement, any narrative can be rewritten.