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After a turbulent 3 years, CD Projekt is done making Cyberpunk 2077

Tuesday’s patch 2.1 will be the last major update

A view through windows over a neo-futuristic city skyline, with a character’s back wearing a leather jacket in the foreground Image: CD Projekt Red
Oli Welsh is senior editor, U.K., providing news, analysis, and criticism of film, TV, and games. He has been covering the business & culture of video games for two decades.

CD Projekt Red has confirmed Cyberpunk 2077’s patch 2.1, due Tuesday, Dec. 5, will be the last major update to the game, closing the book on one of the most controversial game development processes of recent years.

Community director Marcin Momot referred to the update on X (formerly Twitter) as “one more patch,” and a spokesperson for the developer subsequently confirmed to IGN that “Update 2.1 is meant to be the last big update.”

Update 2.1 will add a usable metro system to Night City, as well as options to listen to radio on foot, invite romantic partners back to V’s apartment, participate in replayable car races, indulge in new sightseeing spots, and more. There are new vehicles, new accessibility options, and improved boss encounters, too. Alongside the patch, CD Projekt is releasing a new Ultimate Edition of the game that includes the Phantom Liberty expansion.

The core CD Projekt Red team in Warsaw, Poland will now turn its full focus to the next game in the Witcher series, codenamed Project Polaris, while a new studio based in Boston is spinning up development on Cyberpunk 2077’s sequel, Project Orion. A slide in a recent CD Projekt investor update showed a huge increase in the size of the team working on the Witcher game to around half of CD Projekt’s development staff following the release of Phantom Liberty. The reduced Cyberpunk 2077 team now includes “devs in transfer,” presumably to work on other projects. (Another big project, the remake of the first Witcher game, is being made externally.)

CD Projekt Red will presumably be glad to move on from Cyberpunk 2077, which suffered from a rushed and buggy release in 2020, with last-gen versions so badly compromised that Sony took the unprecedented step of delisting the game from the PlayStation Store. The developer chose to double down on a reclamation project that eventually saw the game redeemed by Phantom Liberty and its attendant 2.0 update. But the years of work on Cyberpunk must have been costly, at least in terms of delays to other projects. Three years on, with the release of the 2.1 patch, CD Projekt can finally turn its eyes fully to the future.

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