On Thursday, CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwiński apologised to the community about the launch and quality of Cyberpunk 2077.
The next notable game update will be dropping "within ten days", and a more "significant" update will release in "the following weeks".
Q: What was the main issue that made development for consoles that hard? In Kotaku's case, a review code for console wasn't recieved until December 9, the same day the game became playable in some regions.
Initially, the studio was aiming to release Cyberpunk 2077′s free DLC in early 2021, but now the studio is working on fixing the most important issues in the game, including bugs, with continuous updates large and small. Considering performance is one of the major issues with the previous generation console versions, it seems this issue will never be addressed in any meaningful way and if you want to play the game with any amount of consistency and fluidity then you have to play it on a PC or one of the new consoles. The highlight of it, of course, is that the free next-gen update is now specifically targeted for the second half of 2021.
"Since the city is so packed, and the disk bandwidth of old gens is what it is, it constantly challenged us", Iwiński says in the video, which you can view below. Believe it or not, CD Projekt Red claims that it didn't face numerous issues that some players have experienced on consoles. I'm sad to say that this continues even today; although we will indeed be getting free DLC later in the year, that isn't going to be the company's focus.
As one might expect, the next Cyberpunk 2077 update is going to focus on bug fixes. He does touch on review timing for console copy, stating that when the team did start sending console code on December 8th - after the PC reviews were live - it was later than they originally planned due to iterating on the Day Zero update for launch.
Iwinski also talks about the roadmap for what players can expect in 2021 from the studio, namely console players looking for the fixes the team has promised. Namely, on the topic of crunch, CD Projekt claims that avoiding crunch will be a top priority for them in the future.
Q: What is the status of the Help Me Refund initiative?
Personally appearing in a video posted to the official Cyberpunk site and social feeds, Iwiński said he and the leadership team take responsibility for the poor rollout of Cyberpunk 2077 in December.