CD Projekt RED has finally released Cyberpunk 2077's Patch 1.3 update and it's a biggie. We know this is the largest post-launch title update the game has seen, but how is that going to make an impact on the car crash that is Cyberpunk 2077? Here's everything you need to know...
UPDATE - Patch 1.3 is out now on all platforms
After making a huge deal about not announcing a release date for Patch 1.3 in yesterday's REDstreams, CDPR has released Patch 1.3. We don't know why they didn't warn anyone, but we always knew it would be soon.
The update for Cyberpunk 2077 with Patch 1.3 is clocking in at over 30GB on PC versions of the game and we can imagine that console versions of the title are going to see something similar.
Patch Notes for 1.3 Update are now available
The Patch Notes for Cyberpunk Update 1.3 are now available following the REDstreams presentation. No release date was given for the update.
Despite and awkward and janky presentation, we finally got the Patch Notes for Update 1.3 released on the CDPR website listing the mammoth changes coming to Cyberpunk 2077, although most are still bug and stability fixes.
Development Insights & REDstreams Date
Cyberpunk 2077's 1.3 Patch Update is on the way and CDPR has confirmed that we're going to be learning more during a REDstreams on Twitch at the following times:
- 09:00 August 17th - PST
- 12:00 August 17th - EST
- 17:00 August 17th - BST
- New Minimap System Changes
- Should offer better navigation and visibility;
- Changes to UI Videos
- Players should better understand their story decisions going forwards;
- New Perk Features
- Gameplay should reward experimentation with Cyberware going forwards;
Updated Roadmap & Crash Report
CDPR hosted a Q1 2021 Earnings Report presentation yesterday and the slideshow from this presentation has been made public. There's quite a lot of financial information in there, which might interest some of you, but what we're here to talk about is the updated roadmap and CDPR's continued lack of specificity.
As you can see below, CDPR has "multiple patches and updates" planned for the rest of the year and beyond. It's a welcome reinforcement that they're not done with Cyberpunk yet, but it also seems a little bit worthless. It's like sticking a fabric plaster onto the end of a severed limb... It isn't going to really do a lot and it's a bit of a waste of time.
In addition to this, CDPR also shared an updated "Stability Improvement" graph that's dangerously unspecific. It shows that there's been a decrease in Cyberpunk 2077 crashes folowing each update, but there's no specific numbers being attributed to the figures.
We don't know if the game is still crashing more than the average title, whether it's now matching the industry standards you'd expect from a game of this size... It's quite hard to tell how bad it was at the start, too.
What does this mean for Cyberpunk 2077's Patch 1.3? Well... It's coming eventually, we just don't know when. Still.
Panam Is V's "Most Wanted"
CD Projekt Red is still being pretty quiet about the next major Cyberpunk 2077 title update. We know Cyberpunk 2077 1.3 is out there somewhere and it's on the way, but we've not heard anything about it from the team behind the game in quite a few weeks now.
Instead, CDPR has shared the information that 67.53% of Cyberpunk 2077 players chose Panam as their V's love interest in-game. When you consider the fact that there are quite a few options, this is actually a very high percentage.
It doesn't quite make up for the fact that we haven't heard about Cyberpunk 2077 1.3... But, it's something right?
CDPR Is Being Pretty Quiet
We understand that there's a lot of pressure on CDPR at the moment. Cyberpunk 2077 had a pretty disastrous release and CDPR are still dealing with the backlash of that at the moment. However, that doesn't mean they've given up on Cyberpunk 2077; We've had two title updates that have drastically improved the game.
It's far from perfect, though... We know that Cyberpunk 2077 version 1.3 is coming at some point, but why has CDPR been so quiet on socials?
We know this doesn't reflect development, but we're getting a tweet about every five days. That would be fine if they were sharing new development information, but all the tweets just seem... Pointless?
This tweet makes it seem like they're starting a "Cyberpunk In Numbers" trend... But there's only a couple of tweets with it included.
Similarly, this tweet about the aptly named "Big Joe" raises some questions...
It's interesting, sure. But... Why does anyone care? Okay, it's not that people don't care... But why share this information when we could be told anything about the progress of the next update?
The last Hotfix dropped almost exactly a month ago, now. AAA Titles are updated far more regularly than that, for the most part, and you have to imagine a game with as many issues as Cyberpunk 2077 should get updated more often than that.
Street Cred Level Cap Increase?
On May 5, CD Projekt Red put out a slightly mysterious tweet, which you can see below.
The studio could just be showing off some stats for the game, but then phrase "Rogue will now have to expand the Afterlife" could point to them upping the Street Cred Level Cap sometime soon.
The tweet doesn't explicitly say that they will do, but maybe it'll come as part of the 1.3 update.
Hotfix 1.2 Released
Today, on April 14, CD Projekt Red released Hotfix 1.2. You can check out the full patch notes here.
The update, which doesn't require a download, is "focused on further improving the overall stability of the game and fixing the most common issues that could block progression."
Release Date & File Size
At the moment, we don't really know anything about when we should be expecting the new Cyberpunk 2077 1.3 update from CDPR.
It's safe to say that CDPR has had a tough time of it and this means that there's pretty much no solid timeline for when the next major update is due. Every time CDPR does release a roadmap, it seems to be affected by something.
This has led to CD Projekt Red avoiding giving specific update times.
Given the fact that we only just got the 1.2 Patch, and that was a month late, we're not expecting the Cyberpunk 1.3 Update for at least another month. This means we could be looking at May 2021 or, more likely, June 2021.
As you might imagine, the lack of information also means we don't know how big the next update might be. The 1.2 Patch was massive, though, (between 34GB - 45GB) so we're expecting something similar going forward.
Hotfix 1.22 Update Information
The next Hotfix Update is out for Cyberpunk 2077 on every available platform and it "addresses the most frequently reported issues since the last patch".
On top of this, CDPR is further improving the game's stability and performance through Hotfix 1.22.
Hotfix 1.22 Patch Notes
Quests & Open World
- The Metro: Memorial Park dataterm should now properly count towards the Frequent Flyer achievement.
- Fixed glitches in Johnny's appearance occurring after buying the Nomad car from Lana.
- Fixed an issue in Gig: Until Death Do Us Part where it was not possible to use the elevator.
- Fixed an issue in Epistrophy where the player could get trapped in the garage if they didn't follow the drone and ran into the control room instead.
- Added a retrofix for the issue we fixed in 1.21, where Takemura could get stuck in Japantown Docks in Down on the Street - for players who already experienced it before update 1.21 and continued playing until 1.22, Takemura will now teleport to Wakako's parlor.
- Fixed an issue preventing the player from opening the phone in the apartment at the beginning of New Dawn Fades.
- Fixed an issue where the player could become unable to use weapons and consumables after interacting with a maintenance panel in Riders on the Storm.
- Fixed various issues related to clipping in NPCs' clothes.
- Fixed an issue where subtitles were not properly aligned in the Arabic language version.
Stability and performance
- Various memory management improvements (reducing the number of crashes), and other optimizations.
- Improved GPU performance of skinning and cloth rendering.
- GPU and ESRAM optimizations and improvements on Xbox One.
- Memory management improvements on PlayStation 5.
- It's no longer possible to get soft locked in the key bindings menu if a keyboard is not available
You can find the source of all this information here.
Free DLCs Are Coming Though
Following the Patch 1.2 Update, some eagle-eyed fans seem to have spotted some free expansions on the Epic Games Store.
Redditor PricklyAssassin spotted the DLC Expansions on the "Add Ons" section of the Epic Games Store, however, there was little information to suggest when they would be on the way.
- Ripperdocs Expansion
- Body Shops Expansion
- Fashion Forward Expansion
- Gangs of Night City
- Body of Chrome
- Rides of the Dark Future
- The Relic
- Neck Deep
- Night City Expansion
We could see one or two release alongside Cyberpunk 2077's 1.3 update but we don't know for sure.
There's An Expansion Pass?
Another thing PricklyAssassin noticed was an "Expansion Pass" for Cyberpunk 2077 priced at $USD 14.99.
We're not sure what this includes, but we're not surprised CDPR has paid DLC planned for Cyberpunk 2077. We already knew they were planning to develop content in the same way as they did for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
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We are surprised though that this could be on the way as soon as the Cyberpunk 2077 1.3 update. The game is in a better position than it was when it came out, but we feel like there's still a long way to go to win over the fans.