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100 days since Cyberpunk 2077 was removed from the PS Store and mysteries remain

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Today marks the 100th day since Cyberpunk 2077 was pulled from PlayStation Store after its ignominious launch – and plans to relist the game on PS4 and PS5 remain as unclear as they were when it was first announced, with Sony and CD Projekt Red being particularly silent on the matter. As a reminder, Cyberpunk 2077 was launched with huge performance issues, especially on the latest generation consoles, and Sony subsequently announced the decision to remove Cyberpunk 2077 from sale on PlayStation consoles late December 17, 2020.

In an initial statement, Sony offered refunds for the game and added: “[Sony Interactive Entertainment] will also remove Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store until further notice. This implied that the decision was up to Sony, but a later statement from CD Projekt Red indicated that the decision came out of a ‘discussion’ with Sony over refunds. Never heard definitively on who it was to take the game off sale. .No specific reasoning was given for removing the game either (for reference it was never deleted on Xbox, but refunds have been extended), although speculation suggests that the move allowed Sony somewhat restrictive refund policies to bypass. Whatever the underlying cause, the removal was a completely unprecedented move for a game as prestigious as Cyberpunk, and resulted in a number of other questions, most of which remain unanswered more than three months later.

The main one of these questions is: “When will it be relisted and what will it take for it to happen?” Neither Sony nor CD Projekt have discussed specific answers to these questions since December, the closest we have taken to this CDPR statement: “We are working hard to bring Cyberpunk 2077 back to PlayStation Store as soon as possible.”

IGN contacted Sony and CD Projekt Red before the deadline to ask about plans to relist the game, and received no response from either party, despite multiple requests.In terms of clues, the best we have to do is the previously indicated roadmap by CD Projekt Red for game updates. first apologized for the state of the release version, CD Projekt has drawn up a timeline comprising two major fixes, which, taken together, “should solve the most important issues that gamers face on the latest generation consoles.” The second of these fixes, version 1.2 was later delayed after a cyberattack on the studio, but we have recently heard about his changes, which means he’s probably close. There is a possibility that, if the latest generation versions are judged to be up to par, the game may be relisted on PlayStation once the patch arrives.

However, there is also the possibility that Sony will choose to maintain a releasing until the game is also updated on PS5. A new generation version of the game – bringing it closer to the PC version – is planned for the second half of 2021, with free upgrades for those who bought the latest generation game. Sony (or CD Projekt Red) may want to put the game back on sale once it’s in what should be its final form.

The fact that there is speculation about this is quite astonishing. This CD Projekt Red would remain silent on when gamers could re-buy its flagship game on the world’s largest gaming platform, and that Sony wouldn’t tell customers when a game that despite huge controversy, is already sold over 13 million copies would be back on its storefront seems, frankly, odd. The development and release of Cyberpunk has, of course, been an unpredictable journey before, but the lack of detail in this chapter of this story is unusual even among the rest. Whether it’s corporate reluctance, disputes between the two parties, or other issues that haven’t been made public, it’s impossible to guess.

This silence makes it hard to predict where we’re going from here – we could see the game come back on sale tomorrow, or we could see it take another 100 days. There just hasn’t been a case like this in the game before – hopefully this has been a lesson enough that it doesn’t happen again.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s News Editor. Follow him on Twitter. Any advice to give us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an e-mail to newstips@ign.com.



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