CD Projekt RED's dystopian RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, sold more than 20 million copies in September 2022, a feat that almost seemed impossible following its rocky launch. Nevertheless, players have returned to Night City, immersing themselves in the world, with multiple updates fixing and polishing the game.
On the back of the launch of the Edgerunners / 1.6 patch update in September 2022, there are a few things to be polished up ahead of the Phantom Liberty expansion. This article will discuss everything about the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 version 1.7 patch, including its release date and what to expect.
Update on 1 December 2022 - This article was updated and checked for the latest 'Cyberpunk 2077 1.7 Patch' news and leaks.
In a comment to GamesRadar, CDPR's Global PR Director, Radek Grabowski, has confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077's Phantom Liberty DLC will be a paid expansion, stating: "as for the expansion's pricing - we have not revealed exact details yet, but it will be a paid one."
We wouldn't be surprised if Patch 1.7 is scheduled to arrive alongside the upcoming DLC.
There's a brand new Cyberpunk 2077 patch out, but it's not the 1.7 Update we're all waiting for.
The new update is actually Patch 1.61 and provides support for AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 2.1. In short, it should provide some new tech to upscale the game and improve the overall performance on PC and current-gen consoles.
If you want to take a look at the full unabridged Cyberpunk 2077 patch notes, follow the link.
Cyberpunk 2077 1.7 Patch Update – Release Date
As of writing, developer CD Projekt RED has yet to confirm a release date for the next planned patch update for Cyberpunk 2077. However, while the release window of previous patch updates has been somewhat inconsistent in recent months, we can use the timeframe to estimate a possible window period for Cyberpunk's 1.7 patch update.
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The game's recent Edgerunners / 1.6 patch update arrived on 6th September 2022, with players waiting more than six months since the previous update, patch 1.5. This update was released on 15th February 2022, so it's safe to assume that the 1.7 patch update may arrive sometime in 2023, possibly to coincide with the release of the Phantom Liberty expansion.
Cyberpunk 2077 1.7 Patch Update – All Confirmed Features
While the release date of the 1.7 patch update has yet to be confirmed by the developers, what's certain is what players can anticipate from the upcoming update. As discussed during the Night City Wire: Edgerunners Special on 6th September 2022, game director Gabriel Amatangelo has listed several key features in the upcoming patch update.
According to Amatangelo, the previous patch update laid "the groundwork for future stuff," including massive overhauls for various gameplay systems. One of these key overhauls is revamping the Cop System alongside vehicle-to-vehicle combat, which should give layers "a whole new feel and dimension and immersion to the city."
In addition to overhauls to the cop system and vehicle-to-vehicle combat, Amatangelo also mentioned changes to MaxTac which should accompany the Cop System overhaul. Likewise, the developer plans a new gameplay loop for melee combat with further actions for the perk tree.
Beyond this, there are planned additions to the Cyberware mechanic, which weren't explained in full detail. Considering the Cyberpunk 2077 version 1.5 patch update addressed various bug issues while enhancing the Cyberware feature, more slots could be made available, including new items for players to acquire.
The next expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, Phantom Liberty, is expected to release in 2023, which includes more content and the return of Keanu Reeves' Johnny Silverhand. Until official confirmation from the developer on the Cyberpunk 1.7 patch update release, we will endeavor to provide more updates once more reliable information is available.
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