After months of complaints and anticipation, Polish developer CD Projekt Red has revealed the full patch notes for Cyberpunk 2077 update 1.5.
The most important updates in this patch are aimed at NPC behavior and vehicle handling. All the patch notes from today’s Cyberpunk 2077 live stream are already active on all platforms including last-gen consoles, current-gen consoles, and PC. In addition to the listed changes, a free demo for the game is now available on most platforms.
The biggest changes appear to be adjustments made to vehicle handling and enemy behavior. In the trailer, CD Projekt showed a clip of the player character whirling around in the streets with precision. Anyone who played the game at launch can tell you how difficult that would have been.
As for enemy and NPC AI, pedestrians now react more realistically to firefights and rampaging players. Enemies will more appropriately switch weapons and tactics based on the player’s positioning. Designated snipers will now pull out pistols and they will take cover while reloading instead of just standing out in the open. This comes in addition to several new Cyberpunk guns fit to take on smarter foes.
Several gameplay elements have been altered to reflect the more complex style of combat. Among the more notable Cyberpunk 2077 patch notes in 1.5 is a complete rework to the existing skill tree. Several abilities have been buffed, nerfed, or entirely reworked to fit within the new systems. The game will automatically reset skill points for characters on existing save files as a result.
Cyberpunk 2077’s performance has also been notably improved in this latest update. New ray-tracing options have been added for next-generation consoles, though performance varies across platforms. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will miss out on several important updates, including Spanish language support, due to alleged technical limitations.
All platforms will receive dozens of bug fixes and performance improvements to various parts of the game. One of the stated goals of this patch was to make the game more viable to run on older hardware, so expect much smoother performance when in and out of Night City. NPCs will react more consistently and with improved AI. Netrunner combat that was previously very buggy but has reportedly been massively improved.
Returning or new Cyberpunk 2077 players should have a better time playing the newly-updated game than ever before.