Cyberpunk 2077’s huge PS Store disaster handwaved away by CD Projekt

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,

Cyberpunk 2077's PS4 version was an unmitigated disaster at launch, but CD Projekt seems less bothered by it.

In collecting the Cyberpunk 2077 trophies after patches on patches released for the game, CD Projekt Red's RPG finally made it onto our best PS5 games list. Let's make one thing clear though, the broken PS4 version of Cyberpunk 2077 at launch was so horrible Sony removed it from the PS Store, making it surprising CD Projekt is waving concerns away.

PS4's Cyberpunk 2077PS4's Cyberpunk 2077

"Cyberpunk on launch was way better than it was received," says CD Projekt

Michał Platkow-Gilewski, CD Projekt's VP of PR and communication, has been speaking to gamesindustry.biz, but we're wondering if he shouldn't have. "I actually believe Cyberpunk on launch was way better than it was received, and even the first reviews were positive," Platkow-Gilewski concluded a long interview with. "Then it became a cool thing not to like it. We went from hero to zero really fast."

On launch, the PS4 version of the game was critically panned and then removed from the PS Store. It was pretty broken leading to Sony doing something it has never done before on the PS Store: offer full refunds to players affected. The game was clearly way too demanding on old hardware and should have never been released there. As if that wasn't clear enough, the PS4 version is being excluded from future updates and won't receive the Phantom Liberty DLC which will soft-relaunch the game.

"That was the tough moment. We didn't know what was happening," Platkow-Gilewski continued. "We knew that the game is great, yes we can improve it, yes we need to take time to do it, and we need to rebuild some stuff. That took us a lot of time, but I don't believe we were ever broken. We were always like: Let's do this."

While his remarks on the actual state of Cyberpunk 2077 at launch on PS4 are pretty clearly miles off the mark, what he is saying here is true: CD Projekt RED did knuckle down to finally deliver. It took a delayed PS5 launch, patch after patch, and a fair few apologies, but we can confidently say it is one of the best action RPGs on PS5 now. The idea that Phantom Liberty might truly reshape the game for a final push to get Cyberpunk 2077 in the best shape possible is a cherry on top of a slightly burnt cake.

Cyberpunk 2077's PS4 launchCyberpunk 2077's PS4 launch

Basically, Cyberpunk 2077 was that bad at launch on PS4. With Cyberpunk back in strong form though, the future is no doubt positive for CD Projekt RED, though. They have a Cyberpunk sequel coming alongside The Witcher 4, The Witcher 1 remake, and more. As long as lessons were learned on Cyberpunk 2077 for the company at large, surely the mistakes of the past won't be repeated? Right? Someone reassure me in the comments! We will see you there!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like Horizon, The Last of Us, God of War, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of playing PlayStation games. He also covers PS Plus and trophy news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and some indie gems — before an evening swim.
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