Cyberpunk 2077 was in a remarkably brutal state on state-of-the-art consoles when it launched last year, to the point that Sony finally released it on the PlayStation Store. It remained unavailable on the PlayStation platform for a full six months, until it was finally returned on June 21 with a warning from Sony that it still works like shit.
"IMPORTANT NOTICE: Users continue to experience performance issues with this game," he said Page Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation Store it says, right on top. "Buying for use on PS4 systems is not recommended. For the best Cyberpunk experience on PlayStation, play on PS4 Pro and PS5 systems."
This official pessimism, in addition to bad word of mouth and a Metacritic an aggregate score of only 57% doesn’t seem to have diminished interest in the game – according to one PlayStation block update, Cyberpunk 2077 was the most downloaded PlayStation 4 game in both North America and Europe, beating GTA5, FIFA 21, NBA 2K21 and Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, despite being available for purchase only nine days.
It’s unexpected, but maybe not all shocking. Cyberpunk 2077 was a disaster at launch and its scope was more restrictive than many CD Projekt fans expected, but it wasn’t a fundamentally bad game: as James said in his full review, it’s “a pretty good role-playing game in an absolutely absolutely error-free environment. "
In June, shortly after Cyberpunk's return to the PlayStation Store, CD Projekt declared that the game was ready. "a satisfactory level of "stability", and although it is far from declaring the work done (and CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kiciński promised that the work will continue), it does indicate that the basis now it is at least reasonably solid. Digital casting tests showed that it was largely like this: while still far from perfect, Cyberpunk 2077 now performs better and is much less likely to crash, even on a PlayStation 4 base.
Another possible factor in Cyberpunk's popularity is that the owners of the current version will get one free upgrade to the next-generation version of PlayStation 5, when it comes out later this year. For anyone who currently owns a PlayStation 5 or expects to pick it up soon, there’s no reason (other than to keep a sale, I guess) not to pick it up now.
Whatever the reason, the strong rebound is good news for CD Projekt. The study said in his 1Q 2021 Financial Report that the results of its CD Projekt Red division "will significantly depend on the volume of game sales set in the Cyberpunk and The Witcher universes," which will be significantly affected by the "return of Cyberpunk 2077 to PlayStation Store." How well this interest will be maintained in the long run, but this strong start should be encouraging.