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Cyberpunk 2077 gets vague roadmap and a few excuses

Published: 01:17, 14 January 2021
Updated: 01:23, 14 January 2021
Cyberpunk 2077 screenshot showing combat
Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red released a roadmap that's pretty hard to read and the video included some words on the poor state which Cyberpunk 2077 was released in.

Cyberpunk 2077 launched at the end of 2020 with massive issues across all platforms but they were most visible on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Frame rate would dip into unplayable levels frequently and bugs ruining immersion, gameplay and the overall experience were present on all platforms.

On January 13, 2021, CDPR released a roadmap that promises two additional patches that should deal with the issues that the previous post-launch updates didn't fix. 

There is some free DLC on the way too but the problem with the roadmap is that it has absolutely no dates. Furthermore, approximate time of arrival can't even be extrapolated from the length of the "timeline" since the part marking a period of 21 days is roughly three times shorter than the depiction of the entirety of 2021.

Marcin Iwinski did offer some vague explanations though. PS5 and XSX owners can expect upgrades from the last-gen version in the second half of 2021 and more information on the free DLC will be available in the coming months. The two patches, 1.1 and 1.2, will be the first to arrive. The first one will arrive"within 10 days" and the second one "in the following weeks".

CDPR also released an FAQ where they tried to explain why console reviews were delayed, compared to the PC ones. In short, they were still working on the console version at the time the PC version was being sent to reviewers. While not explicitly stated, it does look like CDPR were completely aware of the poor state the game was in for the last-gen platforms - if the company couldn't have a build that's good enough to review in the days leading up to release, the devs never stood a chance of fixing everything in such a short time span.

This sounds especially wrong because there are two videos on CP2077 YouTube channel that were specifically released to reassure fans that the game is running fine on last-gen platforms.

On that note, CDPR also stated that their "testing did not show many of the issues you experienced while playing the game". One would think that crashes and low framerates at every corner are pretty easy to spot.

Twitter screenshot ofCyberpunk 2077 on PS4 Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 had some subtle issues that were hard to detect before launching in time for the holiday season

Considering The Witcher 3 launched in a bad shape as well and CDPR eventually fixed it up to become the game that everyone praises to this day, it is clear that they will work hard to do the same for Cyberpunk 2077. However, there is no need to ruin an honest effort with excuses that don't measure up.

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