Six months later, Sony is finally putting Cyberpunk 2077 back on the PlayStation store

    
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Cyberpunk means many things.

When Cyberpunk 2077 crashed and burned at launch last Christmas, one of the more surprising side-effects was Sony’s decision to not just refund purchases but pull the game from the PlayStation storefront altogether. That decision has held for just a hair over six months now, and CD Projekt Red even cited it as a reason for its poor sales over the course of 2021 to date. “The general situation as long as we are not back on the Sony store has not changed,” CDPR told investors at the top of June. “One of the leading marketplaces for us is not available and we generate most of the sales on the PC/digital channels.”

Those woes (and that excuse) will soon be behind the studio, however, as it announced today that the beleaguered title is now back on PS4 and by extension PS5 thanks to backward compatibility.

“CD PROJEKT RED today announced that the PlayStation 4 version of Cyberpunk 2077 is available for purchase worldwide on the PlayStation Store. In addition to the game being available on PlayStation 4, anyone who purchases the game can also play it on PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility. Furthermore, a free PlayStation 5 upgrade for the game will be coming in the second half of 2021 — and will be available for all owners of the PlayStation 4 version of Cyberpunk 2077, including both digital and disc. The upgrade will allow the title to take full advantage of the new console’s more powerful hardware. […] Users may continue to experience some performance issues with the PS4 edition while CD PROJEKT RED further works to improve stability across all platforms. Playing on PS4 Pro and PS5 will provide the best Cyberpunk 2077 experience on PlayStation.”

So that should clean up one of the stains on the game’s name. But as we’ve noted, four class-action lawsuits over the botched launch continue in a consolidated format, there’s the the delay and crunch fiasco, and there’s the fact that the planned multiplayer plans are still apparently on hold.

Source: Press release
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KoboldWhite

Even when it works, this game hardly revolutionizes gaming. In most aspects, it remains way behind what is already available in GTA5.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I played it, and enjoyed it… On PC. Even then, I had to reload old saves and hope that a bug I encountered wouldn’t kick in again. Reminded me a lot of a Bethesda game, that way. Got so I called it Cyberpunk Skyrim.

But, I got really into the story, and enjoyed exploring the city, so I spent longer than I needed to beat it playing it. I’m probably going to end up playing it again, once it’s patched even more, just to have Night City to run around in again.

Sucks that console players didn’t get the same game experience I did. But, it’s worth checking out…once it’s patched even more so it’ll work, and the price drops or it goes on sale. I wouldn’t recommend paying full price, just because of the crap CD Projekt pulled at release. But, still worth checking out for the story, and being able to run or drive around the city.

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Tamanous

Lessons learned!

lol … OK, I couldn’t keep a straight face typing that.

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Rndomuser

And it is still full of bugs (there are enough videos with proof on subreddit) and the city in it feels more dead and more pointless than the city in recent GTA games (and that is not only my opinion). With GTA5 still offering more genuine replayability to social people by releasing proper multiplayer part which was further modified by creators of FiveM mod and by people who host NoPixel server which uses that mod, with many streamers on Twitch still gathering 100’s of 1000’s of viewers (right now the total number of viewers in GTA5 section is 412000) by playing a game which was released in 2013.

I gotta still give a credit to CDPR, they processed my refund for Cyberpunk very fast and I still like using GOG store because I can download and play games even without their optional launcher.

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jealouspirate

I wonder if they really should be selling it on PS4 when they have to include a disclaimer that they recommend you don’t buy it on the PS4.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

With 300h+ on PC and 3 playthroughs I can say that it is an excellent game. Most of the hate is from people who never really played it and got all their info from ‘reliable’ sources like reddit or Youtuber videos.

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kimowar101

I agree, I have only one play through on my xbox and waiting to get my series x for the next go.

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Stefan

Good to know although i am holding of buying it till i finish the witcher 3 (yep yikes!) Ignoring criticism on consoles as it was apparently very buggy there, i believe a lot of people created a game in their head or got absorbed by some sort of hype train if it was created by CDPR or some else i will leave in the middle.

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Greaterdivinity

got absorbed by some sort of hype train if it was created by CDPR

A lot of folks did, it was a great campaign of smoke and mirrors where nobody even saw the console versions until launch time when CDPR couldn’t control the code anymore. But it wasn’t just hype, it was the straight up dishonesty of CDPR that annoyed some folks, myself included. If they hadn’t spend the last year or so leading into launch talking up the quality of the console versions, including the base hardware, promising that the game was running just fine on them and being QA’d alongside the PC version (kek).

I still don’t buy that Sony was caught totally unawares (they had to get the game through certification and knew there was no big “Day 1 Jesus” patch in the hopper as that would have had to gone through certification as well), but it definitely seems like both Sony and Microsoft were pretty non-plussed with CDPR.

Thanks for reminding me I still need to pick up W3 on sale at some point. You don’t need to play the first few games to get the story, right? I’m sure it gives tons of additional lore and context, but I don’t know if I have it in me to beat those (especially the first which I tried long ago and was….very rough -_-)

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angrakhan

I picked up 3 without playing 1 or 2 and had no issues picking up the story. The only confusion points were when Geralt meets up with one of his old flames from the previous games and there’s all this drama and tension between them and you don’t know why at first, but the game has strategies for catching you up there through dialog with the character herself or one of your other friends from the past clueing you in with a “hay remember when” conversation.

It’s very well done, immersive and absolutely HUGE. I thought it stood up to the hype very well even being several years old at this point.

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Stefan

There is some cross over, i played the first game and it gives you a bit of a witcher background the second one goes into more details about the politics and gives you a greater feel of the story, although 3 refreshes you a bit on it not enough in my opinion.

You can however undoubtedly look up lore videos on Youtube that explain the whole game story line, the second game is however in my opinion well worth playing as it goes deeper into the story of the elves which are also looked down on in W1.

I cannot recommend the first game really it is even with the enhanced edition rather dated. But the second installment is also optional it depends how deeply you want to be immersed in this slavic fairy tale.

I am actually the kind of person who pre-ordered the third installment season pass and all, but i keep running into real life time constraints what means i have an issue picking up where i left off, so i only just finished the first chapter and a bit in the second in W3, i should really just try to set aside a few hours per week, but since it is such an immersive game it can suck you in and before you know it you are 3 hours later and you did not do much beyond some minor quests.

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Bruno Brito

Stop the presses!

Knecht likes the game, so all criticism is unwarranted. Even if the game was a buggy mess at launch, Rootrecht likes it so we were all wrong!

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Fisty

Booo.

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Bruno Brito

This game was pulled from the PS Store, which forced CDPR to apologize because they lied about the quality of the game at launch, blindsiding Sony. Let’s not pretend all criticism it received was hate or unwarranted. All this does is create cheaper debates.

People who like games should want said games to be the best they can be. I pummel on WoW all the time because i want it to be the best game it can be.

Calling people haters and using anedoctal evidence to prove a game is great just because he’s a masochist doesn’t help anyone.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

Dont ever think it was because of the state of the game. CDPR offered refunds for everyone who wanted and Sony couldn’t have that.

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Greaterdivinity

…what? CDPR can offer all the refunds on Xbox/PlayStation they want, it won’t matter because they have absolutely zero control over refunds on those platforms. Microsoft and Sony control their refund policies completely.

Sony took the move because it was likely a decent PR win for them (“Sony is looking out for us gamers!…but letting us refund a game they admit they shouldn’t have allowed on the store in the first place. SONY IS SO KIND!” *eyeroll*) and to stave off more issues from refunds.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

That is exactly the point. Sony didn’t want refunds and they didn’t want to be shamed by the hate train, so their solution was to pull it from the store.

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Greaterdivinity

…what? Sony didn’t want refunds…so they offered no-questions-asked refunds well beyond their normal refund policy?

They pulled it AND were offering refunds dude. Like, it didn’t matter if you had purchased it weeks ago and put 20 hours into it, they gave you a refund.

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/cyberpunk-2077-refunds/

It’s ended now that it’s back on the store, but Sony has never, ever offered a refund policy like this. Ever. Not even for Life of a Black Tiger or whatever that awful mobile game they allowed on the platform was.

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Fisty

Did you buy and play it? I did and loved it. Trying to determine where your hate comes from and if he is correct in that a lot of the “haters” never played the game.

Cause, commenting and shutting down his like for the game is no different than calling people haters for anecdotal evidence. So, boooo.

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Greaterdivinity

That’s not hate that’s…literally what happened. CDPR apologized to fans and investors, got caught lying through their teeth about the console build quality/status that they made sure they kept hidden until launch day, and the game got pulled by Sony.

Criticizing the hell outta CDPR for this is not only fair, it’s good for the industry/gamers. Every time a major publisher launches a janky, broken game they should get flack for it. Every time they get caught lying through their teeth about the game during the marketing phase, they should eat a big shit sammich for it.

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Fisty

I know it’s correct, but the core game is fun as hell and I don’t disagree that they botched it, that console gamers should be pissed, etc. I just don’t like the hate thrown around here sometimes. Dude just likes the game and wants others to know it was a fun time. We know this formula already. MOP posts Cyberpunk news, comments go crazy, I liked it vs. you’re an idiot for liking it, I liked it vs. CDPR should fold, etc. etc.

And look at me being stupid contributing to it.

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Bruno Brito

No one is commenting on the core game. I’m sure it’s great.

My entire point here is that dismissing what happened with CDPR and C2077 just because you like the game is a terrible idea, because criticism is what made CDPR patch the game to a playable state for most people.

And calling everything you don’t like to hear “hating” is not healthy for anyone as gamers.

Dude just likes the game and wants others to know it was a fun time.

Then say it was fun. Don’t speak for anyone else. He literally made little of every criticism made about the game. Stop defending this.

You won’t find me saying that the game is “BAD”. You WILL find me saying that CDPR stepped in shit and everyone around them had to smell it. because that’s exactly what happened. If Cyberpunk is a good game interests me not, what interests me is if it’s accomplishing every promise it set to do.

Again: This game was pulled out of the PS Store. It may be because Sony is playing a shrewd game, but it was still a heavy-handed solution to a problem that CDPR DID brought upon themselves. If C2077 had a clean launch with everything good, this conversation wouldn’t ever happen.

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Sarah Cushaway

I bought and played it.
It was hot garbage and nothing like what was promised.

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Greaterdivinity

Yes, so unjustified that Sony took the unprecedented move of…pulling it from their store. And they admitted they functionally mislead Sony about the quality of the release (though Sony should have known better). And that they spent the whole marketing campaign pushing PC footage and lying about the quality of the console releases.

Nobody is saying you can’t enjoy the PC version (or console version for that matter), just that it was janky as hell, especially on console. And CDPR deserves to eat a big ‘ol poop sammich for it.

720p scaled down (seventh gen resolution baybee!) struggling to hit 30fps on the base hardware. It’s bad, even for a generation of a lot of major games launching with performance issues. That’s not even getting into the other issues like NPC’s not having the “lives” marketed (instead seeming to copy the AI behavior from W3), extensive bugs and issues, glitches that are at times absolutely hilarious and sometimes game breaking/progress stopping (which they’re still working on fixing 7 months post-launch).

I don’t think anyone was expecting a flawless console launch, and it was playable enough for some folks who don’t mind about huge losses in visual quality or super uneven framerates, but this was inarguably a pretty bad launch, highlighted by Sony pulling the game. Sure it may have been a bit more of a PR move (and a move to limit any additional losses from their refunds, which were also extended well beyond their normal refund policy for PS4 games), but it still happened and is still the only game I can think of that a publisher has pulled.

I’m super looking forward to picking it up on PC down the road when it gets some more work/improvements and is on a decent sale. It’s not like I hate the game or the notion of it, I’ve been pretty hype on the game since it was announced. Just was waiting for reviews and…I’m glad I did : P

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Sarah Cushaway

It was more than just bugs. It was flat-out lies and bad game design and AI that was out of date 15 years ago. They promised an open-world experience on par with RDR2 and we ended up with a game that couldn’t even hold up to GTA III. It was that damned bad. It didn’t even feel FINISHED.

I refunded and I’ll never purchase another product from that company.

That’s why it hasn’t sold for sh*t since the first month of release. That’s why it got panned by nearly every critic. That’s why it’ll go down as one of the biggest flops of the decade. White knights can scream all they want about it–but the game was just trash for many, many reasons.

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Sarah Cushaway

I played it.
It was f*cking trash.
I refunded.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

With each of your copy and paste posts, I have more doubts about any of your claims.

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Rndomuser

Most of the hate is from people who never really played it and got all their info from ‘reliable’ sources like reddit

You got a statistical data which show that? Or you just like to make false assumptions like this because you hate people who are different than you and have different preferences? ;-)

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EmberStar

Here’s your plaque. It reads “I have a sandwich. Therefore, no one else can possibly be hungry.”

You enjoyed the game. Good for you. Really, I mean that. That doesn’t somehow negate the fact that for people who are NOT YOU, the game was plagued with bugs that ranged from “hilariously bad graphics, like they make that Assassins Creed bug where the guy has no face look *polished* in comparison” to “absolutely game breaking, save corrupting, start from the beginning and hope that THIS time the game doesn’t blow it’s own brains halfway through.”

There’s also the little fact that on PC stores like Steam, you have *two hours or less* to decide if you’re going to return a game. So yes, in fact, many of the people who played it and hated it on PC have barely any “played time.” GOG itself is one of the few that I know of that offers a better return policy… counterbalanced by the Epic Store, about which I know nothing. (I don’t even know if it *has* a return policy.)

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Knecht_Rootrecht

Because this kind of criticism is so generic. AI bad, but fails to make any example. Then trying to support your argument by mentioning ‘insert random game’. Then you mention a bug that affected only a minority of players and was fixed shortly after the release. Then you mention a face bug that can appear in any game in 3D game. Which I have seen in the likes of Bethesda games far more often.

That is why I call your hate mindless.

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EmberStar

If I was trying to be nice to you, I take it back. If you want to be a toadying boot licker for a massive corporation, knock yourself out.

I feel that huge numbers of user and professional reviews, hundreds of hours of video documentation of *massive bugs* and the FACT that the game launched so broken that it temporarily gutted the stock value of the company *AND* provoked lawsuits and actual legal investigations for LYING speak for themselves. You want to ignore all of that. Go you.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

So far you made zero points and your pretend edginess is just hilarious to read.

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EmberStar

And you’re in such a hurry to be a lapdog that you’re replying to the wrong posts. The one just above about “mindless hate” has NOTHING to do with the post of mine it’s responding to. I’m assuming you were aiming it at Sarah Cushaway and you’re just too stupid to notice that it’s in the wrong part of the thread.

But hey, here’s something to think about: You’ve managed, all by yourself, to push me from a position of “I don’t really care” to “I will do whatever I can, no matter how little, to make sure this game burns and dies.” Realistically, that would be “basically nothing,” since I’m not an influencer and the most I can do is “continue to not buy the game.” But thanks to you, and YOU ALONE, I now hate this game just to spite you.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

No, you are just another mindless drone. You have only an opinion because some drama youtubers fed you their thoughts. No personal knowledge or experience, that much is obvious.

Calling others lapdog fromt he likes of you is funny and ironic. because you just bark when being told to.

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Bruno Brito

I’m sorry, i’ll try to invent words for your cheap intelectualism.

Miss me with that shit.

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Greaterdivinity

AI bad, but fails to make any example.

Remember when they said that NPC’s would have their own routines and you could follow them on their daily lives?

https://gamerant.com/cyberpunk-2077-npcs/

That’s what we were sold. And then players got hands-on with the game and…absolutely nothing of the sort was actually in-game, NPC’s were behaving like braindead NPC’s in other games.

https://www.reddit.com/r/cyberpunkgame/comments/kbk4ap/the_ai_of_cyberpunk_2077_an_indepth_look_at_the/

The other issues were more quickly addressed, but we did get great videos like this –

Which shows a LOT of the duct-tape and baling wire used to hold the game together and undercuts a lot of what CDPR claimed about the game pre-launch. I’m not knocking a lot of the normal visual glitches, that happens, but stuff like NPC’s disappearing when you look away and look back? Yeah.

And Bethesda is a bad comparison. That players treat their garbage releases like “features” rather than buggy nonsense is a separate issue. I’m still waiting for the Bethesda crowd to stop behaving like they don’t have brains and start treating Bethesda like every other publisher.