‘Cyberpunk 2077’ finally makes its PlayStation 4 debut, but not without a warning.
After a rocky start, the sci-fi adventure game “Cyberpunk 2077” has finally launched on the PlayStation Store.
The reveal comes following Sony’s December 2020 removal of the game from the store due to widespread complaints about glitches.
The divisive video game suffered from frequent crashes and disastrous bugs — vehicles vanished and characters became trapped in looping animations. Additionally, an online form was established for players to request refunds for the game.
CD Projekt Red, the game’s developer, spent months following the game’s release apologizing to players who encountered technical difficulties and promising numerous fixes. This comes on the heels of several other delays to the game’s initial release, which was originally scheduled for April 2020.
CD Projekt Red stated in December, “We are working diligently to bring ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ back to the PlayStation Store as soon as possible.”
That promise, however, was not fully kept. Last week, the developer warned that the game would continue to face significant difficulties on the PlayStation 4. While some bugs have been addressed, others will be addressed over the next few months.
The game’s page on the PlayStation Store states, “Purchase for use on PS4 systems is not recommended.”
The Xbox One version, meanwhile, encountered numerous glitches and bugs, prompting Microsoft to add a warning label to the Xbox store.
“We would like to begin by apologizing to you for not showing the game on base last-gen consoles prior to its launch and, as a result, preventing you from making an informed purchase decision,” CD Projekt Red said in December, just before being hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging that the Warsaw, Poland-based company lied about the game’s unfinished state to protect its sanity.
In February, a cyberattack slowed work on game fixes, further pushing the release date back.
The delays in resolving PS4 issues — and the announcement that the game will run optimally on PS4 Pro or PS5 consoles — are not the only setback to the game’s success. Although the game sold over 13 million copies in its first week, the company did not provide updated sales figures for “Cyberpunk 2077” during a recent investor conference call. According to analysts, the game’s sales will remain extremely low for the remainder of the year.
“The degree to which this thing crashed and burned was monumental even for an industry accustomed to trainwrecks, a narrative made all the more tragic by the fact that the game played reasonably well on PC, at least with adequate hardware,” Forbes’ Dave Thier wrote.
Additional updates to the game are still unknown, particularly given that a free upgrade to an enhanced PS5 version is not scheduled until the latter half of 2021.