CDPR co-founder is 'deeply sorry' for Cyberpunk 2077 console launch

Cyberpunk 2077 Johnny Silverhand
Cyberpunk 2077 Johnny Silverhand (Image credit: CD Projekt S.A.)

What you need to know

  • Cyberpunk 2077 had a rough launch, with numerous bugs and glitches bringing down the overall experience.
  • CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski released a video statement today explaining what the team thinks went wrong.
  • CD Projekt Red will continue releasing hotfixes and updates throughout 2021.
  • Free DLC is still coming, with the next-generation patch set to be available in the second half of 2021.

It's safe to say that Cyberpunk 2077 having a rocky launch is an understatement, with CD Projekt Red issuing refunds and the game pulled from the PlayStation Store after it was found to have numerous bugs, glitches and performance problems, especially on lower-end consoles.

CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski has given a statement on behalf of the team as to why the game ran poorly and what plans are moving forward. You can watch the video below.

Iwinski states that the complexity of the world being scaled down from the high-end PC version is a major reason it ran poorly on consoles. The official FAQ for this new roadmap states that the team is working on getting Cyberpunk 2077 back on the PlayStation Store while noting there is no "obligatory overtime" and that they are working to avoid crunch.

Right now, the team is also working on releasing more hotfixes to improve performance and remove glitches. The two major patches previously discussed and slated for January and February are also still being worked on. Free DLC is still coming later in 2021, though pushed back somewhat, while the free next-generation enhancement, which takes full advantage of the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5 hardware, is coming at some point in the second half of 2021.

Cyberpunk 2077 has seen a wide, wide range of different reviews, with the world's writing and detail (on high-end PCs) praised while issues such as the representation of women or trans individuals were criticized. In spite of its launch woes, Cyberpunk 2077 sold over 13 million copies since the end of December, with refunds taken into account for that number.

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Samuel Tolbert
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