CD Projekt Red has shadow-dropped the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077, which means you can now play through a hopefully more optimized version of Night City on your PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
The news came during a stream on the studio’s Twitch channel, which opened with footage of the game running on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X. It specifically showcased one of the gig missions to remove a wanted man from the city. Having played the PlayStation 4 version (on my PS5) recently, it certainly looks better and a bit more dynamic. Though I’d imagine if anyone who’d already played the PC version wouldn’t notice much of a difference.
The presentation also went through some of the updates coming as part of the game’s 1.5 patch. CD Projekt Red has done some tweaks to the game’s perk system for the sake of balance. So if you open up the game after downloading this patch, you’ll have the opportunity to redistribute your points and reassess your character’s build.
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Vehicles have also seen some changes, with the stream doing donuts to show that cars have more drift and drag than before. Crowds of civilians will now react when you pull a weapon on them, with some having firearms at the ready to shoot back. This extends to civilians in cars, which will now drive in a panic and even drive off the road. Some smaller changes include changing the UI of the time skip mechanic to show a clock to give you a visual element rather than simply picking how many hours forward you want to jump. Cyberpunk 2077’s map has also been refreshed to make different types of missions, from story, side, and gigs, easily identifiable, alongside filters that will help you narrow down different kinds of assignments. Oh, you can also reject phone calls now, for the introverted Vs out there.
You can also change your V’s appearance in the middle of the game, which was a wild omission when Cyberpunk 2077 launched in 2020, given the themes of the genre. This comes alongside new color and makeup options.
CD Projekt Red has also added system to customize your apartment. Not that you spend a lot of time there in the game. You can also buy new apartments in different areas of Night City, which also can be customized.
Also, most importantly, some slight changes have been made to romances to include new content through texts, the possibility of waking up beside them if you rest in an apartment.
The studio also released a graphic showing what features will be working across each platform. Notably, a lot of the crowd AI changes are not coming to PS4 and Xbox One. The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions will also come with performance and ray-tracing modes, which will prioritize framerate and fidelity respectively. The Xbox Series S will not support ray-tracing.
On top of all of this, the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions are launching with a free trial. Which is the kind of goodwill gesture CD Projekt Red needed to give after the clusterfuck that was the original console launch in 2020.