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.