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The second official patch for Cyberpunk 2077, following the release of its Phantom Liberty expansion has been released by developer CD Projekt RED.
It should be available to download on console and PC for players who own the base game, irrespective of whether they’ve purchased Phantom Liberty or not.
The update brings a number of minor improvements and additions, as well as patches for a long list of bugs and issues. Most of the bugs have to do with content in the Phantom Liberty expansion and the new playable area it adds: Dogtown.
The longest list of fixes are related to quests and issues with narrative progression, particularly for players who chose the option to begin a new game and skip straight past the portions of the main narrative leading up to the unlocking of Phantom Liberty.
In order to get to the expansion content, players need to play up to a certain point in the central Cyberpunk 2077 narrative, so the option was added to give players who may no longer retain old save files or are uninterested in replaying the story a way to get to the new stuff quickly.
Unfortunately for those players, the skip-ahead option contained a significant number of minor oversights resulting in certain quest triggers and critical NPCs not appearing in a “skipped” game.
For example, in one instance, a dead body that should’ve been located in a certain place following the completion of the prologue was not present in the games of players who skipped ahead. The Cyberpunk 2077 2.02 update addresses this and other related concerns.
Does the Cyberpunk 2077 2.02 Patch Add Anything New?
Based on CD Projekt RED’s official patch notes for the Cyberpunk 2077 2.02 patch, there don’t seem to be any new pieces of content for the game beyond what was already added in Phantom Liberty and the associated version 2.0 update.
That said, the version 2.0 update is itself the most significant update that the game’s ever received. Virtually every game system in Cyberpunk 2077 was given a revamp. Everything from driving to hacking to the core combat system was given a major tweak, to the point that many gameplay guides produced before the introduction of the update are no longer fully applicable.
As such, it’s advisable for players new to the game to avoid consulting guides that were not updated after September 26, 2023 (the release date of Phantom Liberty).
CD Projekt RED, however, is still in the process of improving its cyberpunk opus. The 2.02 does tweak a few things related to specific weapons, in line with feedback it received from players.
The official patch notes don’t specify what changes were made; spare one: Johnny Silverhand’s personal firearm. The Malorian Arms 3516 that can be found in-game has been given a boost to its damage-dealing capacity, and will be easier to shoot for players that have low stamina.
It’s a fitting change, considering that Johnny’s iconic pistol is a popular weapon of choice for many Cyberpunk 2077 players.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
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