Highly anticipated CD Projekt Red (CDPR) title Cyberpunk 2077 has had a messy launch, to say the least. Following numerous complaints about the game’s performance on consoles, it was removed from the PlayStation Store, with full refunds available to both PlayStation and Xbox players. CDPR was also forced to issue a public apology about the state of its AAA title, and vowed to address concerns in 2021.
Recently, some news outlets have started highlighting that CDPR has published a new webpage which indicates that the company plans to release free DLC in “early 2021”. Unfortunately, that’s not quite right.
While the webpage is indeed live and legitimate, it was updated on December 13, as noted by Engadget, using the Internet Archive. This date falls before CDPR’s apology on December 14. The webpage was just not picked up by outlets and fans back then.
Indeed, it would be strange for CDPR to suddenly start advertising new DLC when tens of thousands of people are bemoaning the pitiful state of the game on their respective machines. It is also important to note that the company has promised to release major patches in January and February this year.
That said, this also does not outright mean that DLC won’t arrive in early 2021 at all. It is quite possible for different teams to be working on different portions of the game. Some could be working on optimization and performance tuning while others could be working on DLC. That said, it’s probably safe to say that given the current situation, if CDPR does manage to hit its “early 2021” DLC deadline, it’s going to be cosmetic DLC such as weapons and skins, or minor quests, rather than full-blown extra story content.
This would not be too different from the company’s previous hit The Witcher 3, for which CDPR released multiple minor DLCs along with two excellent expansion packs in the form of Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. We’ll likely learn more in the next few days, but it would be wise to keep expectations in check for now.