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Sony to reinstate Cyberpunk 2077 game on its PlayStation Store


At the E3 2019 trade show in Los Angeles, California, a sign for the video game Cyberpunk 2077 was displayed.

LONDON: Next week, Cyberpunk 2077 will be available on the PlayStation Store.

According to a brief statement issued by publisher CD Projekt on Tuesday, the beleaguered sci-fi video game will be re-released on Sony’s digital media store on June 21.

CD Projekt’s stock jumped 6.5 percent in response to the news.

Cyberpunk was removed from the PlayStation Store late last year in an unprecedented move in response to fan outrage over a slew of bugs and performance issues on older consoles.

It was a major setback for CD Projekt, coming at a time when gaming demand was high and Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X consoles were on the market.

Prior to its release, Cyberpunk was heavily promoted, with actor Keanu Reeves playing one of the game’s main characters.

However, it was subjected to multiple delays in 2020 as developers raced to get the game ready for release. When Cyberpunk was finally released in December, angry gamers took to social media to share videos of the numerous problems they encountered while trying to play it.

The blunder eventually led to Sony and Microsoft offering full refunds for digital versions of the game, with the former even going so far as to remove it from the PlayStation Store.

To make matters worse, CD Projekt announced in February that it had been the victim of a ransomware attack. Hackers threatened to release the source code for games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3.

The company said last week that data obtained during the cyberattack is now circulating online and may include information about current and former employees, as well as games.

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