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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ expansion ‘Phantom Liberty’ and future updates will not be available on PS4 and Xbox One
CD Projekt Red finally released the first teaser for the much-awaited “Cyberpunk 2077” expansion, “Phantom Liberty,” on Tuesday. However, the developer announced that it would not be available on last-generation consoles.
The latest Night City Wire livestream featured several announcements for “Cyberpunk 2077” fans. But it also provided some not-so-good updates, especially for console players not planning to upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S anytime soon.
In a follow-up blog post, CD Projekt Red confirmed that it is essentially dropping support for PS4 and Xbox One after the “Cyberpunk 2077” patch 1.6. “New content updates and improvements will no longer be available for previous-gen consoles, including the upcoming expansion,” the developer wrote.
It can be recalled that CD Projekt Red faced massive backlash for the state of “Cyberpunk 2077” at launch in December 2020. The game was plagued with bugs and crash issues, while players also complained of “missing” features that developers discussed before the game was released.
The studio later said one of the main reasons for the chaotic launch was prioritizing “Cyberpunk 2077’s” quality on PC “and then adjusting it to consoles — especially old-gens.” This resulted in the game being removed from the PlayStation Store for months following widespread refund requests. The game was never taken down from Microsoft Store, but its listing came with a warning of performance issues on Xbox One.
Now, CD Projekt Red seemingly wants to avoid the same problems by focusing on the development of the “Cyberpunk 2077” expansion and future updates exclusively for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and cloud streaming services. “We’ve made the difficult decision to develop it only for PC, Stadia, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, as the scope for the expansion makes releasing it for previous-gen consoles technologically challenging without compromising player experience,” the studio explained.
Console players who purchased “Cyberpunk 2077” on PS4 or Xbox One will be forced to upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S if they want to enjoy the game’s expansion and future content updates on consoles. On the bright side, CD Projekt Red has made the game’s next-gen upgrade free for players who purchased the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
In the same announcement, CD Projekt Red confirmed that “Phantom Liberty” will be the sole expansion for the game. It does not have an exact release date yet, but the developer said it will be available sometime in 2023.