Progress to bring that vision to life has been slow - too slow, in fact - with a series of substantial patches barely doing enough to make the game playable. In addition, the patches brought little to no new in-game content either. To be fair, that was not for a want of trying, but more a sign of just how disastrous the game was at launch.
Progress on the game could be now entering a new, quicker phase. The developers have officially tapped a team of modders to help with the game's development, including building out mod tools that could help add new content and improve the game's systems in a much more reactive way.
The news came as a courtesy of the Cyberpunk 2077 modding Discord channel. A user by the name of "Traderain" revealed that together with his company, Yigsoft, he would be joining CDPR to build modding tools for the game.
The news was later confirmed by a CD Projekt RED employee, Vattier, via official forums.
"We are working with Yigsoft on the development of Cyberpunk 2077 modding tools," explained Vattier. "The modding community has always been very important to us and we are happy to be working with them side by side on further expanding the tools which are available to modders," Vattier added.
CD Projekt RED has welcomed Cyberpunk 2077 mods practically since its release but the resources available so far allow budding developers to only make the most rudimentary of changes. These new -- as of yet unreleased -- tools will give modders even more power to mod the game to their will.
Yigsoft, which is based in Budapest, Hungary, has been active in Cyberpunk 2077's modding scene since its release. These efforts are now being rewarded by Yigsoft being brought in-house and by giving even more access to the source code, with the aim of developing; not mods themselves, but rather the tools to give other creators more power in building their own creations.
It has the potential to take the game to new heights and feedback from the announcement has been positively received. Many are hoping for a similar situation to ensue with Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4 games, which have quasi-official mods that have greatly expanded those games' replayability.
Cyberpunk 2077 already has a number of highly regarded mods that look to smooth a number of the game's rougher edges, including a Better Vehicle Handling, Better Minimap, and Better Controls Menu. After yesterday's news, this looks like it's just the beginning.
Feature image courtesy of Cyberpunk 2077.