Cyberpunk 2077‘s woes on “last-gen” gaming consoles mounted on Thursday with an unprecedented about-face by Sony. Efficient instantly, the CD Projekt Pink journey sport has been totally delisted from the PlayStation Retailer, and current homeowners have been advised they’ll request refunds for any purchases of the sport’s digital-download model.
Shortly after Sony’s Thursday night assertion went reside, a button appeared for customers signed in with their PlayStation Community account to request a no-questions-asked refund of their CP77 buy. (This button would not seem for all customers as of press time, doubtless owing to a swell of site visitors to Sony’s servers.) The refund’s processing “might fluctuate based mostly in your cost methodology and monetary establishment.” Ars Technica has confirmed that the sport’s PS Retailer itemizing can not be accessed on PS4 or PS5 consoles, whereas current homeowners can nonetheless discover the sport of their digital library interface and play it.
The information follows CD Projekt Pink’s personal admission that the sport’s efficiency on base consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 suffered from “bugs and crashes.” Subsequently, Pink inspired prospects to request refunds from each digital and bodily retailers—and the corporate opened an e-mail hotline for anybody who struggled with makes an attempt to get refunds. Positive sufficient, sport homeowners in each console camps discovered the default refund course of unworkable—and Sony’s sweeping motion right here might level to a requirement on their half to have a refund course of be suitable with its phrases of service. In different phrases, if the sport is “damaged,” then Sony might must acknowledge such points with a top-to-bottom wipe of the sport from PSN to work with CDPR’s public refund plan, versus providing selective refunds.
With extra readability on the refund course of, which gave the impression to be computerized at first look (owing to the lacking “refund” button), customers might very properly elect to not comply with by means of on this refund possibility, regardless of woeful efficiency on base PS4 (and higher efficiency on PS4 Professional, albeit not good by any means). CD Projekt Pink beforehand advised console homeowners of the sport to count on “two massive patches,” scheduled for January and February of 2021.
As of press time, CD Projekt Pink had not provided its personal announcement on this improvement (owing to it breaking very early within the morning as per time zones within the writer and developer’s native nation of Poland). Shortly after Sony’s announcement went reside, CDPR senior sport designer Andrzej Zawadzki posted a meme of David Tennant crying, with no different assertion or context.
[Update, 9:57 p.m. ET: CD Projekt Red has since posted a “financial report” confirming the delisting: “The decision was undertaken following our discussion with SIE regarding a full refund for all gamers who had purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store and want a refund at this time. All copies of the game previously purchased digitally on PlayStation Store remain available for use by their respective buyers. Gamers can still buy physical versions of the game in retail and mail order stores. All copies, whether digital or physical, will continue to receive support and updates from the Company.”]
The sport suffers from arguably harsher efficiency points on base Xbox One consoles, whereas its Xbox Sequence X/S variations embrace a wide range of sliders that enhance efficiency. Since these SKUs are mixed below Xbox’s new “Sensible Supply” program, it is unclear whether or not Microsoft will comply with swimsuit with the same delisting plan. Xbox representatives didn’t instantly reply to Ars Technica’s questions on the matter.
This text has been up to date since its publication to make clear that the refund course of is just not computerized.