Cyberpunk 2077: The most highly-anticipated Game of the Decade
"The big moment has come!"
Ah, Cyberpunk 2077! The legendary action role-playing videogame, based on a tabletop series that launched in 1988, has already taken the industry by storm. Been in the works since 2012 and after MANY postpones, it is finally released -and we couldn't be happier!
Cyberpunk 2077: The Plot
Developed and published by CD Project Red, it takes place in the eponymous year 2077. Set in Night City, it welcomes the player to an open-world that exists in an alternate timeline, where big cities are chaotic and dangerous war zones. The Night City consists of six regions—the corporate City Center, immigrant-inhabited Watson, luxurious Westbrook, suburban Heywood, gang-infested Pacifica, and industrial Santo Domingo. Through a first-person perspective, the player gets to control a mercenary named V, who is fully customizable. V can acquire plenty of skills, such as hacking or machinery. So, in this chaotic mega-city which is full of gangs and is reliant on robotics, you get a shot to save the day -and not only by using violence. Through incredible combat and gameplay mechanics, you get to choose your own path and create your own history in this immersive, intense, and visually stunning world.
Oh, also, there’s Keany Reeves! Do I really need to say more?
Yes, I do. Thus, allow me to elaborate more.
In order to create Cyberpunk 2077, a team of more than 500 people worked -more than the number of workers for The Witcher 3! REDengine 4 was used by the Polish video game development company, in order to create it.
According to CD Projekt, pre-orders for Cyberpunk 2077 have finally reached a staggering 8 million, among the various versions of the game. This means that it broke Grand Theft Auto V’s record of 7 million and now is the game with the most pre-orders of all time. This means incredibly impressive sales. By comparison, GTA V sold 11.21 copies in its first 24 hours on the market. With more pre-orders, Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to become the best-selling Day One game of all time. However, it is not the only record it broke after launching. While only 12 hours off the market, Cyberpunk 2077 had already achieved the most successful single-player game debut on Steam. According to the Steam Database, it reached the impressive number of 1,054,388 simultaneously connected players, shortly after its debut. Until recently, the record belonged to Fallout 4, which in 2015 had reached 472,962 players in its circulation.
Officially, Cyberpunk 2077 reached the fourth largest record of simultaneous players on Steam, just after PUBG, DOTA 2, and CS: GO. What makes this achievement even more impressive is that Cyberpunk 2077 is also available for GOG and the Epic Games Store, which means that the actual number of simultaneous players for the PC platform is definitely higher.
It seems that the debut was accompanied by many problems. Specifically, after the release, reports began on serious issues with the versions of the basic PS4 and Xbox One. According to Gamersyde tests, the game runs at an average of 20 FPS on the regular Xbox One.
The Resero channel comparative video shows the Xbox One version dropping to 13FPS in action scenes, while the PS4 version drops to 16FPS in the same scene.
Plus, the Digital Foundry confirms the serious issues with PS4 and Xbox One versions. According to its first tests, the game 'runs' with very strong FPS drops and very low resolution, between 720p and 900p on both consoles.
The versions of both main consoles also seem to have serious issues with loading assets. There are times when the world around the players loads with many seconds delay. Other times the game does not load the correct LODs and the NPC characters look squared and somewhat pixeled, even from a distance. The phenomenon of ‘No Clip’ is also very intense, with players passing through walls and objects, without collision detection. There are also issues with crashes, with the game suddenly stopping running, 'throwing' users in the console menu.
However, CDProject Red promised that fixes and updates are on the way, alongside the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S edition!
Support Gaming Companies
CD Projekt reminded us what is the best possible way to help the company, in case we intend to buy the title. Specifically, Cyberpunk 2077 will be available on PC through various online platforms, such as Steam and the Epic Games Store. However, according to the official social media account of the game, purchases through GOG.com are the only ones that send 100% of the money to CD Projekt. This happens as GOG is a platform of the Polish company itself and since the game does not need a publisher there, there is no one else to share the players’ money.