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One week after ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ patch 1.2, no sign of life on PlayStation Store

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While Cyberpunk 2077 sold an incredible amount of copies at launch, it had a pretty serious issue for about a week after that. Sony removed the game from PlayStation Store altogether, which meant neither the PS4 nor the PS5 had a digital version of the game to sell. It’s been going on for over three months now, and the fixes and fixes, even the massive 1.2 patch released last week, haven’t changed that.

Sony initially released Cyberpunk 2077 from its store due to a combination of poor gaming performance on the last generation consoles in particular, but also the flood of refund requests, which were initially sent to them by CDPR when Sony did not have a digital refund policy. (we had to adopt one fair for Cyberpunk).

Following patch 1.2, CDPR expressed confidence that the game would be back on PlayStation Store soon, which they needed to reassure investors due to the fact that console sales fell sharply after the move.

“We made several fixes. We just released a really big one yesterday and we released several fixes. Each of them brings us closer to returning to the PSN store, ”said Michał Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development. “However, the final decision, you have to understand, rests with Sony. We think we’re closer than further, but of course the last call is on them, so let’s wait and see. “

It looked like Sony would have to wait at least a little while to see what the results of the fix were. Patch 1.1, for example, introduced a revolutionary bug that had to be fixed by a hotfix.

Nothing so bad has happened with patch 1.2, and yet it hasn’t really been a game-changer either. The biggest performance gains were measured on the PS4 Pro version of the game, which was already the top performing console version before that. The Xbox One X version has received some improvements, but the last generation consoles, PS4 and Xbox One, have received relatively little help and still perform quite poorly. The Xbox version in particular is said to be the worst performing version of the game, although Microsoft has never removed Cyberpunk from its store. This has always been a drastic step taken by Sony, but Microsoft has also entered into a marketing deal with CDPR for the game.

The Cyberpunk roadmap is now… practically empty. We were promised free DLC in the first half of the year, so the next three months, and the next-gen version of the game in the second half of the year. “Fixes” will come in between, but unlike patch 1.1 and 1.2, we don’t have a release date or even a release window for a possible patch 1.3.

No one seems quite sure what it will take for Sony to let Cyberpunk come back to their store and once again give them access to over 100 million players in the PlayStation ecosystem, but that has to be CDPR’s primary focus ahead. everything, and I imagine there are discussions going on behind the scenes. I have to wonder at one point that Sony is just punishing because it seems clear the game is never going to work “Good” on the PS4 basis although the PS4 Pro / PS5 version is the best performing version on consoles, which is still not for sale. So what’s the bar here? What will it take? This is a question that the CDPR must ask itself.

For the moment nothing. I will continue to check the store daily in the meantime.

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