CD Projekt Red shocked fans this week by announcing a surprise free download for Cyberpunk 2077, arriving on December 5th alongside the game’s Ultimate Edition release. This unexpected gift comes in the form of Patch 2.1, introducing “new and hotly anticipated gameplay elements” as most of the development team shifts focus to the next Witcher game.
While the publisher previously stated that Patch 2.0 was Cyberpunk’s last major update, it seems no one is ready to fully leave Night City behind. Developers have been secretly preparing the 2.1 update behind the scenes to give fans a parting gift before attention turns to Geralt’s next adventure.
What to Expect in Cyberpunk 2077’s Patch 2.1
CD Projekt Red has kept details tightly under wraps regarding what exactly Patch 2.1 will deliver. However, the company promised new gameplay elements that fans have been eagerly awaiting since launch.
Potential additions could include advanced customization options for V’s cyberware, vehicles, and weapons. New missions, cyberpsycho sightings, and fixers may also help flesh out the expansive open world. And Quality of Life improvements around UI, menus, and navigation could produce a smoother, more immersive experience.
Of course, these are merely speculations until the full announcement during Thursday’s developer Twitch livestream. Starting at 4PM CET/3PM GMT, fans can get answers straight from the source before Patch 2.1 lands next week.
The Road So Far for Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077’s launch will forever live in gaming infamy. Rife with bugs and performance issues, especially on last-gen consoles, the game’s cracked facade sharply contrasted what fans anticipated from the makers of The Witcher 3.
However, where other developers may have abandoned ship, CD Projekt Red stayed the course to right their wrongs. Through patches, hotfixes, upgrades, and loads of TLC, they turned Cyberpunk 2077 into the game it always should have been.
Patch 2.1 signals the final love letter to Cyberpunk fans before attention shifts to the next Witcher tale. It’s a parting gift representing how far the game has come from its disastrous launch state last December.
What Comes Next for CD Projekt Red
With Cyberpunk finally realizing its potential, CD Projekt Red turns focus to the future: The Witcher 4. Currently most of the studio works on continuing Geralt of Rivia’s story, aiming to recapture the magic that captivated fans and critics with The Witcher 3.
But that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about their neon sci-fi playground. Cyberpunk 2077 laid the foundation for Online multiplayer integration down the road. Though likely years away still, fans may one day return to Night City to blaze a new path together.
For now, the last gift for Cyberpunk fans arrives December 5th with Patch 2.1. The free update signals a final farewell to the game for the foreseeable future as CD Projekt transports players back to the Continent. But with the amount of care and dedication shown reviving Cyberpunk 2077, we eagerly await wherever the developer takes us next.