Cyberpunk 2077 returns to PlayStation Store amid a long-overdue launch on the platform. Many analysts and gamers expected a bumpy launch, but no one really expected this kind of blowback.
Cyberpunk 2077 is now available for purchase on PlayStation Store for the first time in more than six months, but with a warning that “purchase for use on PS4 systems is not recommended.” This is a pretty big deal, as Sony would normally never step in like this unless the situation was really terrible. It suggests that the company has little confidence that the game will improve.
Sony initially pulled the game due to its nightmarish launch. The launch was a nightmare for everyone involved. Sony and other console makers pulled the game from their stores in response to how broken it was. Microsoft offered an indefinite refund period for the game. Best Buy even began accepting returns of opened boxed copies. And leadership at the company has refused to accept blame for their overhyping and underdelivering of a game. Cyberpunk 2077 could have been amazing, but it just promised too much. Now, most players have abandoned it.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game were plagued with issues on launch. There are far too many to list here, but a quick summary would be to say that these versions are completely unplayable, and have been for months. To add insult to injury, the patching process has been slow, and even introduced new bugs. It has been a PR nightmare for CD PROJEKT as a whole.
This whole mess was made even worse when CD PROJEKT was hacked and source code files were leaked online, even after the public was made aware of a vulnerability that exposed PC gamers to potential malware. Just sounds like real hell on Earth, doesn’t it? The fallout has even pushed the developer to consider canning aspects of the game, like the standalone multiplayer component.