During a Twitch livestream, Cyberpunk 2077 developers from CD Projekt Red talked about the upcoming 1.3 patch, showcased the new cosmetic pieces coming to the game as the first free DLC, and, importantly, discussed why the first free DLC is so small after the long wait. Although news of the Cyberpunk 2077 patch and free DLC cosmetics came out a few days ago, the livestream gave fans and critics a chance to hear from the developers themselves.
Cyberpunk 2077 had a notorious launch, filled with bugs, glitches, graphic issues, and more, particularly with the last generation consoles. On top of the disastrous release, the developers knew the game wasn’t ready when it was shipped out and made it necessary for employees to work overtime and crunch more for a day-1 patch that would make the game at least somewhat playable. CD Projekt Red has been working hard post-launch to fix the game. Though the game is now stable, and patches and hotfixes have been pushed to address issues, there are still bugs throughout Cyberpunk 2077 for players to find.
The livestream featured CD Projekt Red senior-level designer Miles Toast (via GameSpot), and he specifically talked about the reason why the first free DLC is small. According to Toast, the upcoming 1.3 patch is their biggest to date and that is where the majority of their focus was. “We’ve put a lot of effort into this one, so consider the DLCs that we have now as sort of goodies, sort of cherries on top,” said Toast. The free DLC for Cyberpunk, similar to the of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be a mix of additional elements for the game from cosmetics to side quests and items. “The reality of course, and we’ve talked about this in the past, is that we differentiate a bit between different kinds of extra content, between DLCs, additional items of which we will have plenty coming down the road…,” said Toast. This was echoed by senior quest designer Patrick Mills, who discussed how some of the free DLC will be bigger than others but will not come close to the expansions.
In addition to discussing the free DLC, Toast mentioned the larger and more substantive expansions that CD Projekt Red has planned for Cyberpunk 2077 in the future but they aren’t talking about just yet. Senior quest designer Patrick Mills discussed this during the livestream as well, particularly mentioning how some of the free DLC will be bigger than others but will not come close to the size of the expansions. This falls in line with how The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC content launched in that there was a plethora of free DLC before the game received its two massive expansions, Hearts and Stone and Blood and Wine. Though there are no real details about Cyberpunk 2077‘s expansions, the expansions for the Witcher 3, specifically Blood and Wine, added what felt like an extra game to the base game. If they’re following this model, fans can expect huge expansions for Cyberpunk 2077 as well.
Although Cyberpunk 2077 still has a lot of work that needs to go into the game, the announcement of the free DLC’s existence and upcoming release, plus acknowledgment that not only will the free DLCs be a variety of sizes but they’ve started working on the Cyberpunk 2077 expansions, is good news. This means CD Projekt Red is working on improving the game and finally at the point where they can consider post-launch content. Though the free DLCs were expected to start this year, at least they are still coming.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, and PC.