Cyberpunk 2077 is getting a “full-blown next-gen version” on top of the already announced free upgrade for the early adopters of Xbox Series X.
CD Projekt RED has confirmed the news during a recent Q&A for investors and analysts, sharing that version is “going to come later” and not at next-gen consoles’ launch.
“When it comes to a proper, full-blown next-gen version, that’s going to come later, we haven’t announced when and I don’t have a new comment here on that.“via VGC
The developer has often hinted at next-gen versions for Cyberpunk 2077, so the existence of such plans doesn’t come as a surprise.
SVP of business development Michal Nowakowski has mentioned that “you’ll be able to play the game from the get-go on the next-gen” thanks to Microsoft’s Smart Delivery initiative.
“A patch will be available to everybody who purchases the Xbox One version here and now from the get-go,” Nowakowski said. “Once that update is live, they’ll be able to download that free of charge.”
However, PS5 has yet to be included in similar programs as “it’s PlayStation that first needs to address these issues and then we’re happy to make a comment, but we can’t jump the gun ahead of them.”
The Polish studio is likely taking a similar approach to Rockstar Games with Cyberpunk 2077, releasing on current-gen platforms, and then launching an updated version tailored explicitly for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
With that said, the Smart Initiative announcement was somewhat surprising and consumer-oriented, and that’ll mean that – if they want to ship a next-gen version – they’ll have to make sure the upgrade is respecting day one supporters and worth the price.
First-party Xbox games are also getting “enhancements,” such as Gears 5, which is improving frame rate and graphics details.