After the first week of July, the perpetually problematic Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have its unique return policy on Xbox. As CD Projekt Red continues to polish the polarizing RPG that debuted at the end of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 is regaining popularity. However, it still has a long way to go.
The debut of Cyberpunk 2077 was momentous, but not in the way that many imagined. Bugs and performance difficulties plagued the game, especially on last-gen platforms. It became widely publicized, prompting CDPR and platform owners such as Microsoft to issue full refunds for the game.
Sony even removed the game from the PlayStation Store, something that few AAA titles, especially of this magnitude, have ever seen. Now, Cyberpunk 2077 is back on the PlayStation Store, but with a huge warning that the game is still a bit shaky on a basic PS4. To make the game operate at a more steady frame rate, CDPR took out a lot of the game’s content, leaving it empty in the process.
Microsoft looks to be loosening up on the game as well (via The Verge). Until further notice, Microsoft has offered full refunds to everyone who purchased Cyberpunk 2077 on the Microsoft Store and was dissatisfied with the software.
Microsoft usually imposes a time restriction to prevent people from getting a lot of playtime out of a game and then demanding a refund. On July 6, Microsoft’s generous exemption for Cyberpunk 2077 will be revoked, and gamers will be exposed to the regular refund policy after that date.
Despite the fact that many are still dissatisfied with Cyberpunk 2077, the company aims to maintain it through 2021, with a current-gen version coming in the second part of the year. In the next months, Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to gain further upgrades and additions, although the breadth and size of these are unknown. There had been rumors of a multiplayer spin-off akin to GTA Online. However, it’s unknown whether or not that will materialize after the release of 2077.
Microsoft and Sony can’t be expected to safeguard the game indefinitely, especially if it’s costing them money, so it’s only natural that CD Projekt Red bears the brunt of the responsibility from here on out. Following the hurried launch of Cyberpunk 2077, many have demanded the resignations of those in command, especially after they received big bonuses while the crew had to work hard to clean up the mess they were pushed to produce. It’s unclear if Cyberpunk 2077 will ever be playable on last-generation systems, but it’s becoming more improbable.