CD Projekt Red has announced Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition, a bundle that packages both the base game and Phantom Liberty expansion in a physical release. This marks the first time that the game’s current-gen release will be available physically. However, the company revealed that while the Xbox Series X/S version will come with three discs that also includes the expansion, the PS5 version will not include Phantom Liberty on disc so PlayStation players will need to download it separately.
CD Projekt Red says that Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition on Xbox Series X/S will ship on three discs containing the base game and Phantom Liberty. However, PS5 players will only get the base game on disc, requiring them to download the expansion separately. The boxed PC version will come with a GOG code for both the base game and expansion.
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“The reason for the difference in how the Phantom Liberty is included in the Ultimate Edition is due to technical requirements specific to each platform,” said a CD Projekt Red spokesperson to Video Games Chronicle.
According to Digital Foundry’s John Linneman, this appears to be an issue with Sony and how it handles DLC on discs. “I’ve been told this is a problem on the Sony side with how DLC plugs into games,” said Linneman. Does It Play, a Twitter/X account that focuses on video game preservation and accessibility, added, “Sony does allow devs to compile DLC on disc builds as we have other examples.”
In response to this, Linneman said, “Yes and I suspect that’s what’s going on here. They didn’t want to make a separate build just for the disc.”
CD Projekt Red is currently working on a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077. The company provided an update on its progress last month stating that it was still on a “conceptual design level” at the moment. The plan is to combined Northern US and Poland teams to work on the game by the end of 2024.
Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition releases on 5 December 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Video Games Chronicle