Cyberpunk 2077 has returned to the PlayStation Store over half a year after the game’s initial release. According to a statement made on the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account, “a decision was made to temporarily suspend digital distribution of Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation Store.”
Sony also offered dissatisfied players a full refund on the game, which was stricken with bugs when it launched – especially on last-gen consoles. CD Projekt Red promised that PlayStation players who didn’t refund the game that their versions “will continue to receive support and updates as we continue to improve your experience.”
CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwiński later apologised for Cyberpunk’s PC-first mindset, which he cites as a major reason for the game’s poor performance on last-gen consoles. However, in its announcement that the game is back on the PlayStation Store, Sony adds that playing on PS4 Pro or PS5 consoles “is recommended” to get the best Cyberpunk experience.
CD Projekt Red also reaffirmed that a free PlayStation 5 upgrade for the game is on its way, and is still on track for release “in the second half of 2021.” The next-gen upgrade will “take full advantage of the new console’s more powerful hardware,” the developer says.
As well as reiterating Sony’s explanation that using more recent hardware will improve players’ Cyberpunk experience, the developer noted that, “users may continue to experience some performance issues with the PS4 edition while CDPR further works to improve stability across all platforms.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is now available at PlayStation Store. Work on the PS4 version continues, with fixes and updates to be released throughout the year: https://t.co/XWCfOEQrLS For the best experience on PlayStation, playing on PS4 Pro or PS5 consoles is recommended.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 21, 2021
Cyberpunk 2077 sold 13 million copies, even after refunds had been processed, and CDPR will hope that its commitment to supporting and updating the game across all platforms will result in that number increasing. The next-gen upgrade could be a step in the right direction towards rebuilding trust with players, if the devs are given enough time to eliminate the major issues on next-gen hardware.