Can Cyberpunk 2077 be fixed? The game has had a very troubled launch, but is redemption out of reach? Here’s what we think fixing Cyberpunk 2077 is going to take.
While the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 has clearly been a waking nightmare. Especially for those who bought the game on PS4 and Xbox One, the situation is giving us a distinct sense of déjà vu.
Cyberpunk 2077 may be a contender for most controversial launch of all time, but there has been similar situations. Fan overhype also often played a role – just like it has here.
Look at No Man’s Sky as an example. This game was hyped to the moon, but ultimately didn’t deliver, earning lukewarm reviews at launch.
Fans simply couldn’t believe the game didn’t live up to their expectations. This was supposed to be the game that made their dreams come true and changed their lives forever, but of course it didn’t.
There was an unreasonable level of expectation attached to Cyberpunk 2077 too. However, unlike No Man’s Sky, Cyberpunk 2077 actually received positive reviews, despite its many problems.
Once the bugs and glitches are gone, Cyberpunk 2077 will be a fantastic game. This is why it’s terrible launch has been such colossal shame. But it does give us hope for the game’s future, if No Man’s Sky to turn into a good game, then fixing Cyberpunk 2077 should be easy.
No Man’s Sky also recovered from its poor launch. While it won’t ever be considered a classic in the way people hoped; through updates, the game is now a much more complete and enjoyable experience.
Why CD Projekt Red Fixing Cyberpunk 2077 Is Inevitable
Another reason we’re confident about the future of Cyberpunk 2077 is because of the game’s developer CD Projekt Red. This is the team that brought us The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the best games of the past generation.
But let’s not forget, the Witcher 3 was also considered a rather buggy mess at launch. While nowhere close to the state of Cyberpunk 2077, the game had its moments.
However, the developers fixed this rather swiftly, which is why we’re confident that fixing Cyberpunk 2077 will redeem the title in time.
Another game that suffered a disastrous launch but a spectacular rebirth, was Final Fantasy 14. When the MMO originally launched on PC it was an absolute abomination, not to mention a low point for the franchise.
However today, the game is one of the best, most celebrated and beloved MMOs of all time. Square-Enix went back to the drawing board and remastered the game on PC and console, fixing its issues and turning it into the game it is today.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is a game that wears its troubled launch on its sleeve. The title of its remaster almost references it’s turbulent first few years, something most people have since forgotten about.
FF14 is the ultimate redemption story. At the time (2010) it was hugely controversial, in comparison, fixing Cyberpunk 2077 may look like a storm in a teacup.
What’s Fixing Cyberpunk 2077 Going to Take?
Luckily a lot less than fixing No Man’s Sky or Final Fantasy 14, that’s for sure. While the game is practically unplayable on PS4 and Xbox One (for now). Playing the game on PS5 or Xbox Series X resolves many of the issues.
Cyberpunk 2077 has a lot going for it. The game is excellent, it’s just unfinished. If we’re being honest, it probably should never have had a PS4 or Xbox One release.
The game may be a victim of its own ambition, meaning last-gen hardware just isn’t built for it. But the team wanted to maximise sales, and that’s understandable.
However last-gen owners have paid the price for this and something needs to be done. Cyberpunk 2077 just needs a few tweaks on current gen, but it will need significant work to fix the problems it has on PS4 and Xbox One.
The apology from CD Projekt Red and the admission of what went wrong from their recent conference call is just the start. Since then, Sony has pulled the game from their store and they and Xbox are offering full refunds to everyone.
But when it comes to fixing Cyberpunk 2077, what’s needed is more time. Software patches will save the day, although CD Projekt Red have stated that the last-gen version will never equal the next-gen version. - But this is to be expected.
Let’s not forget that even those playing Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S are playing a last-gen version. This gives us confidence in the new hardware, and reveals this is the way Cyberpunk 2077 was meant to be.
Cyberpunk 2077 – A Night City Reborn?
Those who own a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S will be able to upgrade to a next-gen version of the game sometime this spring. Those who already own a copy will be able to do this for free.
Therefore, we can see why many players are content to wait until this day comes before they play Cyberpunk 2077. They want to play the best version possible and the game’s many bugs at launch will only have strengthened their decision.
History may indeed repeat itself. The developers may choose to market the native PS5, Xbox Series X version of Cyberpunk 2077 as the definitive edition.
They may take a page out of Final Fantasy 14’s book and give Cyberpunk 2077 it’s ‘Realm Reborn’ moment. This way fans will know that any issues the title once had are buried in the past – and this is the game they’ve waited for.
In our minds, this represents the most effective method of fixing Cyberpunk 2077. Doing the work needed but also making the problems work for them from a marketing point of view.
Let’s be honest, we all want to love Cyberpunk 2077, we know there’s an awesome game hiding inside it. The good news is we’re confident that the game can and will be fixed, so we’ll all get out wish eventually.