As part of CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 video event today, the company revealed the first details on the game’s major 1.5 update and its next-gen patch for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. It is a very large update, weighing in at around 50 GB. PC and Xbox players will get the update to the existing game, while PS4 players looking to upgrade need to manually install a separate version for PS5. In all cases, the updates are free for people who already own the game.
Plenty of gameplay footage of Cyberpunk 2077 running on Series X and PS5 was released as well–check out the videos below to see the game in action on the new platforms.
“With the update, Cyberpunk 2077 takes advantage of the additional power of the newest generation of console hardware, allowing for ray tracing features and 4K with dynamic scaling, faster loading times, and a variety of other visual and technical improvements,” CD Projekt says .
During the livestream, developers discussed how a “ton of stuff” is being changed in the 1.5 update, including reworked talent trees. If you already played, you can reset perk points and redistribute them. Perks that were not very useful have been removed, including one that prevents players from being detected underwater. New perks have been added, too, including one called Looking Sharp that enhances your skills with throwing knives.
Some of the new perks have been purposefully designed to give players the ability to play more aggressively and fast without necessarily needing to use cover. In general, CD Projekt says the new perks should help players find new playstyles. Additionally, the AI characters are better and smarter, while the driving model has been changed as well to make cars feel “heavier.” Crowd AI is changed as well. Some NPCs will have weapons and might attack you in certain situations.
Additionally, the 1.5 patch for Cyberpunk 2077 will let players change their appearance mid-game. Players can visit the mirror in their apartment to change up their look. There are the same character-creator options from the start, along with new options for makeup.
Cyberpunk 2077’s 1.5 patch also adds a new website to your apartment’s computer, EZ Estates, which allows players to change up the look of their apartment, choosing from six different options. There are also four brand-new apartments to choose from spread throughout Night City.
The developers also spoke about how Cyberpunk 2077’s 1.5 patch includes some new mysteries for players to uncover. Fans will be able to discover these secrets on their own, though the studio did not give any indication as to what the secrets might be or where to find them.
Also included with Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 is a guitar in your apartment that you can play ’80s-themed songs on. The sequences are animated so that your fingers and hands are moving as they would if you’re playing a real guitar. What’s more, 1.5 adds the ability to simply walk through Night City. Previously, you were either moving at one speed or sprinting.
The romance options have been expanded in Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 as well, with players now able to more regularly send messages to potential romantic partners. Successfully romancing someone will let you stay in their apartment as a safe house, too.
There are also new photo mode poses for Johnny Silverhand coming to Cyberpunk 2077 in the new update to help you take snappier, more eye-catching photos.
Some had speculated that Cyberpunk 2077 might also be joining Xbox Game Pass as part of the next wave of titles, but that remains to be seen.
Cyberpunk 2077’s new version for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S is expected to launch in Q1 2022, so it’s about time. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s new-gen edition is coming in Q2 (April-June 2022).
In other news, Cyberpunk 2077 recently got pushed down the charts for most concurrently played games on Steam by Lost Ark after that game’s gigantic launch. Cyberpunk 2077 remains one of five games ever to pass 1 million concurrent players on Steam, and it’s one of the best-selling RPGs in history.
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