Oh and Bugs…
The depth of Cyberpunk 2077’s failure keeps getting more and more interesting. Between the official pre-release gag reels and the game just now hitting a satisfactory performance level, we are still wondering why the game was released when it was. Recently, a YouTuber named Tyler McVicker brought to light an interesting aspect of the unpatched version of Cyberpunk 2077.
The version in question is estimated to be from September 2020 and it quite different from the version that was released on December 20th, 2020, and certainly different from the current version.
Cyberpunk 2077 went gold in early October 2020, and in order for that to happen, there needs to be an actual build of the game that is printed and ready to be shipped. Between October and December, a lot of things happened, including the game’s last delay.
Printed versions of a game are usually a little different from the final product, but in the case of Cyberpunk, it was especially different. Along with more bugs than it officially launched with, McVicker noted several interesting differences within the first few hours of playing.
The UI has undergone extensive changes. Apart from many glitches and bugs in the menus, the player could inspect the 3D models of items in their inventory. The sound effects when navigating the menus were also completely changed. The map of Night City was also three dimensional, and when player placed custom map markers, the game factored in verticality. Additionally, NPCs that have shops and kiosks are actually street vendors that sell things to the player.
Anyone can see these things firsthand too. In order to access this version of the game, you will a physical copy of the game on console, then delete the game and any of its updates from your hard drive, disconnect it from the internet, and re-install it from the disc. McVicker is trying to catalogue as many differences from the unpatched version as he can to compare it to future updates, and if you want, you can help by contributing your own findings to his Discord server. Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia, and will be coming out for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S by the end of 2021.
Do you find any of these changed or cut features interesting? Let us know in the comments below.