Following a massive and perhaps unprecedented development period, Cyberpunk 2077 launched in December 2020, littered with bugs and errors so giant that the game was removed from several digital storefronts. CD Projekt RED did their best to rectify the situation, issuing massive patches and fixes just to get the game to a somewhat playable state, and admittedly, their work paid off. Until four days ago, when the company launched a massive 1.5 patch for all game versions, including the recently released next-gen, which busted the game yet again — reverting it to its unplayable state for PlayStation 4 owners who had the physical disc version of the game.
According to Kotaku, CD Projekt RED introduced Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.5 on Tuesday, introducing numerous improvements to the game that bring it closer to the state it should’ve been in at release. These improvements include new cosmetics and massive tweaks to the NPC AI so that they’re a bit smarter and actually of use in the game and additional fixes that contribute to the game’s overall stability. This is especially true for the PS5 version of the game, which looks and performs stunningly. However, things aren’t as smooth on the PS4 — owners of the physical disc version of the game reported that they’d encountered launch errors, which prevent them from playing the game.
The issue occurred on all iterations of Sony’s now 10-year-old gaming system, asking players to delete the application, reinsert the disc, and reinstall the game. Unfortunately, adhering to the instruction provided by the system didn’t appear to fix the problem at all, reverting players back to square one. PC users haven’t experienced launch errors, but game crashes caused by conflicting audio software — something that PC users can easily fix by disabling the audio driver. Unfortunately, however, such temporary fixes aren’t available to PS4 users, which are yet again disappointed at the state of Cyberpunk 2077.
CD Projekt RED later released an update for the PS4 version of the game, which apparently fixed the issue leading to launch errors following the latest patch, urging the players to update their system and the game. As things currently are, the PS4 version of Cyberpunk 2077 is now playable on all iterations of PlayStation 4. Still, one has to wonder what’s going on with CD Projekt RED’s test team? The game has been busted for more than a year since its launch, and one would think they already learned their lesson of releasing core that hasn’t been adequately tested. But, apparently, they haven’t.
For those that aren’t familiar with the Cyberpunk 2077 rocky road to a seemingly playable state, the game released at the end of 2020 in a poorly optimized state, loaded with bugs and errors that rendered it nearly unplayable. It was in such a bad state that Sony pulled the game from the PlayStation shop, Microsoft issued a warning about the game’s playability, CD Projekt RED got into massive legal troubles, and game sales slumped so hard that they brought the company’s stocks down by 63% — a telltale of a failing business.
However, CD Projekt RED remained afloat and managed to bring the game to a playable level so that it would be reinstated back on Sony’s digital storefront, albeit still in a rough shape. And even after more than a year of experience in cleaning their own mess, CD Projekt RED still breaks one thing for every two that it fixes, leading many to wonder: will Cyberpunk 2077 ever be truly playable? At this rate, maybe by 2077, we’d actually get a working game for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.