To say it has been a rocky launch for Cyberpunk 2077 is an understatement. Following a public statement and apology from developer CD Projekt Red regarding the game’s performance on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Sony has removed the game from the PlayStation Store.
The removal was made due to an abundance of refunds, which involves contacting Sony directly as per their refund policy. Players are refunding the game after discovering bugs and other technical glitches and problems. The physical PlayStation 4 version of Cyberpunk 2077 can still be purchased, as refunds can be made at the retailer.
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In response, CD Projekt Red released another statement: “Following our discussion with PlayStation, a decision was made to temporarily suspend digital distribution of Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation Store. […] Everyone who is not willing to wait for updates and wants to refund their digital copy of the game, can do so by submitting a request at https://www.playstation.com/en-us/cyberpunk-2077-refunds/. We are working hard to bring Cyberpunk 2077 back to PlayStation Store as soon as possible.”
It’s not exactly a good sign when your game gets its own refund page URL. On PC I have only experienced a single bug in the six hours I’ve played so far that caused me to reload, and I haven’t had any performance issues on my mid-tier gaming PC. I’ve heard reports that it also runs well via Google Stadia, and on next-gen consoles.
Clearly the oft-delayed game should have received a staggered release of PC first, with consoles later next year. Many fans are comparing the launch to disasters like Anthem, Fallout 76, and No Man’s Sky – though Cyberpunk does appear to be a much better game underneath all the performance issues and bugs.
Two large patches are coming early next year, one in January and one in February that aim to improve the game’s last-gen performance. As per CDPR’s previous statement, “They won’t make the game on last-gen look like it’s running on a high-spec PC or next-gen console, but it will be closer to that experience than it is now.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PC (Steam, GOG), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. It’s also playable on next-gen consoles via backwards compatibility. It’s rated M for Mature.