Those who are still excited about the much-delayed release of Cyberpunk 2077 on next-gen gaming consoles like the PS5 may have some good news to celebrate. Dedicated PlayStation 5 sleuths have seemingly spotted a pretty clear indication that Cyberpunk 2077 is going to finally land on the platform sooner in 2022 than initially expected. This is welcomed news to those who purchased the console excited to play the futuristic action RPG title on their PS5 only for the disastrous old-gen launch to be such a mishap that the game was ultimately delayed to 2022.
Now, PlayStation Game Size, an often reliable rumor mill for all things PlayStation, discovered some artwork for Cyberpunk 2077 that recently appeared on the PlayStation Network’s database. The image shows the game’s protagonist, V, looking badass with their back to the camera up against a backdrop sporting the title’s typical bright yellow. While a bit of artwork on a network where the game is expected to drop at some point isn’t exactly a clear indication that an announcement is imminent, Video Game Chronicle reports that the image appears to be brand new.
That means that this is an exclusive piece of artwork that was likely commissioned specifically for the upcoming release of the game on the PS5. That’s not exactly a move that a company makes if it’s not planning to announce something big in the near future but, sadly, it’s still far short of an actual release date announcement. Luckily, at this point in its development, Cyberpunk 2077 fans have learned nothing if not to be cautious in their optimism.
The game had an incredibly rocky release that ended in court for the developer, CD Projekt Red. Cyberpunk 2077 had its initial release on PC, Xbox One and PS4 in December of 2020. However, the rollout was marred by countless performance issues and bugs. The New York Times reported on the game noting that users were promised for years that it would usher in a revolutionary and immersive experience for gamers to enjoy. However, what they got was a finished product so rife with glitches that it was rendered basically unplayable to some, let alone immersive. In fact, it was removed from the PlayStation store for a while and some 30,000 refunds were given because, frankly, what was promised was not what was sold.
As a result, The Verge reported in 2021 that CD Projekt Red was forced to settle a class-action lawsuit with a handful of its investors who believed they were misled about the Cyberpunk 2077’s ability to perform on older generation consoles. That lawsuit cost a company that was supposed to be swimming in revenue from the most incredible, game-changing title in gaming history, around $1,850,000.
Still, despite the myriad of issues and bad press, the game still sold relatively well, according to IGN. However, when it comes to gaming, the question “what have you done for me lately?” comes up a lot. As a result, demand and excitement for the title is waning, especially after its launch on PC gave everyone a look at what to expect from the campaign. So, in order to save its reputation and its community of excited potential players, a console version of Cyberpunk 2077 on the generation that gamers are actually playing on would be better sooner rather than later.