Cyberpunk 2077 is seeing a huge resurgence and developers are loving it.

Speaking to his fans on it Twitch channel (via GamesRadar), Cyberpunk 2077 quest director Pawel Sasko explained what it means to see the game picked up by so many long after its initial release.

“When you put so much heart and effort into something, it’s hard to express,” he said. β€œAnd you know, for some of us, sometimes it’s six, seven, eight years, especially for those who are starting at the very beginning. So to have that moment when people like something that we’ve done is really a little surreal. Ultimately, people appreciate it.”

Cyberpunk 2077 debuted on December 10, 2020, but had a troubled launch to say the least. The disastrous console launch on the mainstream versions of PS4 and Xbox One saw widespread bugs and glitches, the problem was so bad that Sony soon delisted the game, with the PS Store and developer CD Projekt Red offering refunds to those who purchased the game.

The game was finally listed again in June 2021, but with the caveat that it is best played on PlayStation Pro and PS5. The enhanced PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 were finally released on February 15, 2022.

“I didn’t believe it after I was released – after a while – but I didn’t believe it at first and I remember. […] my dear love, she saw me completely broken,” Sasko said. “But it’s good to be back. It’s great to be back. It was really heartbreaking.”

Following the criticism, CD Projekt Red has made a significant effort to modify the game with numerous bug fixes and updates throughout the game’s lifespan to date. But perhaps most significantly, the massive popularity of its spin-off anime, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, has seen the game rise once again.

IGN’s Cyberpunk Edgerunners review said, “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners offers a satisfying spin on Night City that does a better job exploring why Mike Pondsmith’s famous location became so iconic in the first place.” After the anime was introduced, Cyberpunk 2077 saw a record number of players.

CD Projekt Red reported that more than 1 million people played Cyberpunk 2077 every day in the week following the launch of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. With improvements, bug fixes, and a next-gen update in February 2022, they’re also experiencing better gameplay.

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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow it Twitter.

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