CD Projekt Red has revealed the full patch notes for the next patch 1.3 of Cyberpunk 2077, as well as the details about the free DLC included with the update, which despite costing nothing has not made a very positive impression on some players.
These new DLCs include two new jackets for V, an alternate look for Johnny Silverhand, and a new vehicle, Archer Quartz Bandit, that can be purchased or earned as a reward.
"This is the first of our little DLCs," said Patrick Mills, lead mission designer during today's live stream. "They're little DLC. I've seen people get noticed because, 'My God, the DLC is coming! "These are small DLCs. We'll release them later."
Top-level designer Miles Tost also highlighted that the DLCs are different from the expansions planned for the future, an approach similar to that of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which alongside two large-scale expansions – Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine – I also enjoyed a lot of additional free content, including new missions, costumes, monster contracts, and more.
Mills acknowledged that "things have not gone exactly as planned" since the release of Cyberpunk 2077, which was a disaster (especially on consoles) that forced a complete overhaul of the roadmap after the launch and cancellation of a planned multiplayer mode.
"(The live broadcast) is something we're experimenting with, because we know there's not been a lot of communication, certainly there's not a clear communication about what's going on with the project, where we're with things, why do they take things? so long? ”he said. "This is an attempt to resolve this situation."
Despite this request for understanding, many Cyberpunk 2077 players were not in a forgiving mood. The Twitch chat was filled with complaints about the extremely limited scope of the DLC and the plodding presentation, which included developers slowly reading entire dialogs. The reaction Reddit it wasn't much better: xXDarkAceXx may have summed up the best mood when he wrote, "Everyone said it lowered your expectations. But even with low expectations, that's pretty awful."
Just the word NCPD is corrected – I’m not really happy about that. pic.twitter.com/KH32OwC5vIAugust 17, 2021
At this rate, the game should not have been released until at least 2022. This game is still recovering from the release. It will be forever until the DLC comes out that will make the game worth revisiting.August 17, 2021
Given all the notes on the patch, I have to say that this approach to cosmetic issues seems like a public relations strategy. Very disappointing. We, as players, have a lot of patience when it comes to mistakes and visual problems. We want better systems. Crowd, NPC and police AI. Next generation update 🙁August 17, 2021
Perhaps perceiving dissatisfaction with the state of affairs eight months after the release of Cyberpunk 2077, Tost also left out some "wise developer tips" about the difficulty of updating large, interconnected games like this.
"People don't seem to be aware of how difficult it is to create patches for a game that has already been released," he said. "It's a process that has a lot of 'problems' with existing systems. The main idea behind making patches is, of course, to improve a game and not end up breaking it anymore. As you can imagine doing fixes in a game? It works like it's basically open heart surgery, right? You have this whole system that works, and you have to go in and try to fix things around things without making sure everything else falls into place. around or break around it ".
"These fixes connect to so many other systems that turning a wheel elsewhere will cause it to fall (something) elsewhere. You need to make sure you don't get stuck with the whole system while trying to improve it. In general, this is why it can sometimes take much, much longer to fix even small things than we anticipate. "
But this explanation, while certainly accurate, did not provoke widespread sympathy either. “They’re spending half the damn run trying to make up excuses and talking about how hard it is to fix a thrown game, instead of discussing what they’re actually doing to fix it,” Redditor RemnantProductions wrote. "Maybe they shouldn't have thrown the fucking game in that state, then?"
Another, BootyGoonTrey, added, "Dev literally talks about the difficulty of making patches instead of talking about shitty changes. I get it, but it's really not the time or the place."
Some fans expressed their support for the developers working on the game; a redditor named wobmaster said CD Projekt should have set aside the patch notes and move on, because "anything but" we've completely fixed the game and here you have a couple of hours of DLC "would always be disappointing," but as an effort to win players over, neither the patch nor the CD Projekt presentation made a good impression.
Patch 1.3 is definitely important, with changes ranging from individual mission fixes and adjustments to minimap fixes and the ability to reassign advantage points, which is a significant improvement in itself. There are also PC-specific solutions, which include enhanced support for 8K resolution in information boards, better switching between full-screen and high-integer window modes, and a more compact version of the mouse cursor.
Everyone who hopes to fix the game completely, however, has the same advice we gave after the April 1.2 patch: Keep waiting. Cyberpunk 2077 was released long before it was finished and some patches, even large ones, will not result in a finished game, which could still be a couple of years away. Proof of this was seen in a game segment during the live broadcast, when an NPC enjoying a burger suddenly threw a T-pose.
The release date of patch 1.3, which currently only appears as "soon", was also absent from today's live stream. Full patch notes are available at cyberpunk.net.