I haven’t sat down and replayed Cyberpunk 2077 from start to finish since it came to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S last month. I’m planning a full replay of CD Projekt Red’s RPG soon for Normandy FM, a retrospective podcast I co-host, where we’re working on a Cyberpunk 2077 season for the second half of the year. But while I haven’t replayed V and Johnny Silverhand’s story from start to finish on my PS5, I have been jumping around to parts I have save files for. This means replaying the Kerry romance with the new content added alongside the next-gen port, seeing Judy’s story again, and re-experiencing the ending I chose. But since I downloaded the PlayStation 5 version to my console, I’ve not been able to experience The Sun ending properly because of a glitch that’s still in place as of the latest patch.
Spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077 follow:
The ending I chose for my version of V is one of my favorite moments in Cyberpunk 2077. In fact, the impact it had on me is a significant reason why I have rose-colored glasses for the game I didn’t care much for when I played it in 2020. To set the scene for you, The Sun ending happens when V has taken back full control of their body after excising Johnny Silverhand from their brain. Then they wake up a few months later having become a legend in Night City, the monarch of the Afterlife bar, and with their lover by their side. Depending on which relationship they’re in, there might be some tension between them and their significant other. But the whole thing has a tinge of bittersweetness to it, regardless, as V’s life is forfeit at this point. They only have months to live and are headed to space for a big gig in the sky.
But the problem is, ever since Cyberpunk 2077 came to PS5, the sequence has been completely borked. Each time I pick a dialogue option that has an action tied to it, the environment surrounding my character disappears, replaced by an empty void. It’s hard to appreciate your luxurious home and your hot boyfriend when they disappear the second you move. What’s the inverse of when you can’t see things that are moving? When you can only see things when you’re not moving? Is that a thing? Is there a word for that? Well, my V has it. He can’t see his boyfriend when he kisses him in the morning. And that’s just no good.
Was looking forward to replaying Cyberpunk on PS5 after a year of patches, until I decided to hop around saves and found the Sun ending now completely glitches out the environment when you do any action. This persists after multple reloaded saves. pic.twitter.com/ztYfqmUJJW
— Kenneth Shepard (@shepardcdr) February 18, 2022
The issue persisted multiple times when I reloaded my saves, and hasn’t been fixed as of the newest update. Cyberpunk 2077 is a big game, so if folks are playing it for the first time on PS5, it’s reasonable to think not that many folks have seen the ending on the latest video game box. As such, it would make sense if CD Projekt Red hadn’t seen this issue sprouting up too much yet. But it’s a real bummer, and pretty fucking anticlimactic. Luckily I saw it just fine when I finished the game before. I just worry for folks who are barreling toward this conclusion and might face the same bug. Because if this silliness was my first experience with The Sun ending, it would not have stuck with me like it has for the past year and a half.
Hopefully CD Projekt Red sorts this out soon (and its workers treated well in the development time that follows). The team is working on an expansion for the game, as well as a new game in the Witcher franchise.