Cyberpunk 2077 update 1.2 delayed in aftermath of CD Projekt Red hack

As CD Projekt Red deal with the aftermath of the hack and subsequent sale and leak of various confidential materials, from personal details to source codes, the company has announced a delay to patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077. The update is now expected to arrive in the second half of March, a delay of roughly one month.

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Eschewing the oft-mocked yellow background .jpg, the statement reads:

While we dearly wanted to deliver Patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077 in the timespan we detailed previously, the recent cyber attack on the studio’s IT infrastructure and extensive scope of the update mean this unfortunately will not happen — we’ll need some additional time.

Our goal for Patch 1.2 goes beyond any of our previous updates. We’ve been working on numerous overall quality improvements and fixes, and we still have work to do to make sure that’s what you get. With that in mind, we’re now aiming for release in the second half of March.

It’s not the news we enjoy sharing, but we want to make sure we launch this update properly. Stay tuned for more information as the time draws closer. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

When it arrives, Patch 1.2 promises to be a significant one for the troubled game, expected to be more significant that the patch that was released at the end of January. “Patch 1.2 goes beyond any of our previous updates,” CDPR writes, and while they promise “quality improvements and fixes”, the company has been restrained in promising meaningful improvements to performance on the base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We still expect better optimisations, but there’s no indication of how far CDPR will be able to go.

The Cyberpunk 2077 roadmap issued in January.

It feels like things have gone from bad to worse, to even worse, and then been lit on fire and burnt to the ground for CD Projekt Red since the middle of last year. The company’s servers were hacked in early February, with the hackers holding their data to ransom before eventually selling it to the highest bidder. Alongside source code for The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt also had to warn former employees that their details had been compromised and the would need to enable fraud alerts.

Some of the fallout from the game’s final months of development, enforced crunch and lacklustre state of the game on console were their own doing, but being held to ransom by hackers is a whole other world of hurt. With lawsuits hanging over them for the shonky state of the game at release and lack of transparency, the company has committed to a string of updates in 2021.

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The first of these arrived in January, intended to stamp out crashes, bugs, glitches and issues, and to improve performance on base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (so that they can get Cyberpunk 2077 back onto the PlayStation Store). This forced CDPR to delay the free DLC that was planned for the start of this year, as well as postpone the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrades to later in 2021. We could see the plan being adjusted further after this latest delay.

Oh, and there was the whole “joy toy” modding thing as well

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  1. The 1.1 patch improved the game for me on PS4 Pro, only 3 crashes in the 65 hours i’ve played since then and far lower frequency of other bugs popping up. I’ll probably be done with it by the time 1.2 patch releases but hopefully they can do enough to get the game running tolerably on base consoles.

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