After the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 DLC was announced yesterday it has now been confirmed that, while the expansion won’t be coming to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, it will be coming to Google Stadia.
A lot was shown during CD Projekt Red’s Night City Wire stream yesterday, including clips of the upcoming Studio Trigger anime, Cyberpunk Edgerunners, a quality-of-life patch for 2077 on all platforms, and a Witcher mobile game staring Roach. Despite all that, the highlight of the show was a short trailer for Cyberpunk’s first and only major story expansion, Phantom Liberty.
Even with all that excitement, several of the announcements made during the livestream left fans feeling somewhat sour. Namely, the confirmation that Phantom Liberty will not arrive on last-gen consoles at any point. As reported by Stadia Source, despite now not being planned for several consoles, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that the overlooked Google Stadia version of Cyberpunk 2077 will be getting the paid expansion.
This comes as a surprise considering the game originally launched on PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia alongside PC, with DLC being promised for those platforms. It is a small win for the once-promising streaming service as it hasn't seen much third-party support of late and Google shuttered its in-house development in 2021.
This news does make some sense however as, even though Stadia may not have become a staple of the gaming landscape as Google might have hoped, it was known for providing the least buggy way to play Cyberpunk at launch, not counting the PC release.
While cloud gaming is still not the most popular way to play triple-A releases, the Stadia version of Cyberpunk 2077 was praised for its performance, likely because Google’s version of the game was able to tap into the power of servers move equivalent to modern PCs than the aging PS4 and Xbox One. The stability of this version did not seem to benefit the Stadia version’s sales if the nervous laughter of CD Projekt Red CEO, Adam Kiciński, during the company’s 2020 earnings call is anything to go by.
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