Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.2 will change how police spawn & improve driving systems

CD Projekt Red has shed new light on the upcoming 1.2 patch for Cyberpunk 2077.

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Following the backlash it received following the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, developer CD Projekt Red vowed to stick with the game, giving it updates in order to address all of the biggest concerns. The first major update to Cyberpunk 2077 is patch 1.2, and is set to arrive in the near future. Ahead of the patch’s release, CD Projekt Red has given insight as to what players can expect to change in the sci-fi RPG.

CD Projekt Red highlighted all of the biggest changes in Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.2 in a post to its official website. Titled “What’s new in Night City,” this faux news report hits on all of the major issues being addressed in patch 1.2 One of the biggest criticisms was how police responded to player behavior in Cyberpunk 2077. They would often teleport out of nowhere, instantly descending on a player.

In patch 1.2, when a player commits a crime on the streets of Night City, the NCPD will actually take a few moments to arrive on the scene, giving the encounter a more natural feel.There’s also a newly added drone that will appear, which is meant to “create the feeling of the police assessing the situation,” said Patryk, Lead Gameplay Designer and Łukasz, Technical Design Coordinator at CDPR.

In this post, CD Projekt Red shares a few brief videos highlighting the described changes. One of the shared videos showcases the tweaks made to driving in the upcoming patch. Another big criticism of Cyberpunk 2077, CDPR is fine tuning the driving experience in patch 1.2. These changes include new customizable sensitivity settings specifically for driving controls.

Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.2 was originally scheduled to arrive in February 2021, as illustrated in the content roadmap shared by CD Projekt Red. However, a cyber attack made against the company led to the patch being delayed. For more on Cyberpunk 2077, stick with us here on Shacknews.

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    March 19, 2021 10:05 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.2 will change how police spawn & improve driving systems

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      March 19, 2021 10:14 AM

      It was pretty funny seeing people claim that stuff like this could not be fixed lol

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        March 19, 2021 10:23 AM

        Look at the video and read the article. Not what I would call fixed, really a small bandage.

        Looks and sounds like just delayed when they spawn out of thin air on foot and added some distance and a drone.. Still not gonna arrive via car or chase you done in one from what I can tell.

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          March 19, 2021 11:04 AM

          Why would you assume they couldn't get all the way eventually? It's just a totally silly thought to anyone who's worked on software.

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            March 19, 2021 12:50 PM

            yes that key word eventually is pretty important. eventually star citizen will come out too.

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              March 19, 2021 1:29 PM

              I mean it's not such a grand ambition as the whole of Star Citizen, I bet they could do proper police pursuit AI within the year if they wanted to

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                March 19, 2021 2:54 PM

                When there's very little reason to do so, why would they?

                There aren't even any missions where you have to potentially do bad stuff which would get the police on your ass and you have to evade them as you often see in other games with wanted systems. Where the latter half the mission may just be losing the police and getting away safely. The whole wanted system here is entirely secondary to all of the gameplay outside of deliberately targeting civilians and police themselves, which has no real benefit. It's not part of the core gameplay loop, at all. Just a very fringe optional inclusion. They may have wanted more from all these systems, but the game they made was really not built for it in the end, and it would take a huge amount of work to change the core gameplay, like sequel level of programming.

                Perhaps expansions, then they would be able to include it in their missions and open world gameplay, but if this minor change is good enough to push out as a "fix" months after release, I would not hold my breath at all for anything more substantial later on.

                I'm done with the game so I am not really clamoring for these things. Even when I was playing, after some initial frustration and disappointment with how the open world systems were lacking, it was easy to see how little things like proper police ai and vehicle ai even matter with how the whole entire game and every single mission was were designed. This stuff is all background fluff that doesn't actually factor into the gameplay, probably never did, and never will.

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                  March 19, 2021 3:05 PM

                  I remember reading before they were planning an online mode similar to gta online. That may be their motivating factor now if that’s still in their plans.

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                    March 19, 2021 3:34 PM

                    That's still years off, I believe. Possibly better chance happening for that being a separate product, if they make it integral to the gameplay there. Although they could just lean I to pve missions and small scale pvp matches and leave the open world systems as is.

                    I would like to believe things being built for the multiplayer game would find their way back into the main game, like cosmetic customization outside of player creation. Even just basic barber type stuff for new hairstyles ala Witcher 3.

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              March 19, 2021 5:20 PM

              Witcher 3 eventually became GOTY material, but it certainly wasn't on release

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            March 19, 2021 2:40 PM

            Because the core game isn't really designed for that in the first place?

            The only time you even get the police on you is when you go out of your way to injure a civilian. Most of the bad guy sections are cordoned off, there are no stray bullets flying the vast majority of the time, and you really have no reason to gun down harmless people. And without vehicle AI, there are no dynamic chases where shootouts on the go may result in police activity and presence and chases as in other games with these systems. All missions with any vehicle & chase stuff are super scripted. It would take a lot of work to retrofit all of that and make them dynamic and open to random police involvement with some more emergent systems and AI in place.

            This update doesn't change the cop behaviors at all from the looks of it, it only changes when and how far away they appear. Which I'm not saying is a bad thing, it's just the absolute bare minimum and doesn't really change how the core systems and AIs all work together, like at all? Which is what most people actually seemed to want on release. Something more involved and substantial from the open world simulations. This will just get rid of future meme clips where you turn around and they're immediately behind you after doing something naughty, which has absolutely no purpose to begin with.

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              March 19, 2021 3:31 PM

              The trains in Fallout 3 worked by putting a train hat on a normal NPC lol. None of your expectations for how a game engine "should" work or what "is possible" are relevant. I'll say it again it's just plain silly to think that the programmers at CDProjekt could not figure out how to get "moving police cars" into their open world city game haha. If it's a priority it'll happen.

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                March 19, 2021 3:51 PM

                I'm not saying they can't figure it out, I'm saying there's no reason to do stuff like that they would have done it in the first place and actually integrated it into the open world gameplay and missions. At this point, why bother? The game is what it is and clearly things like police chases and vehicle AI are unnecessary to the core gameplay experience. I finished the game and I don't see what purpose any of that would have served. It's clear why that stuff was missing. If you played the game for more than a few hours, you must know what I'm talking about.

                Hvaing full police vehicle response and ai and chases with the way the game works and functions now, how infrequently you see a police response (usually from a rare and random dumb mistake) it's practically unnecessary with the gameplay that makes up 99% of the game. I'm not saying they can't do any of this stuff, I'm saying the fundamental game truly doesn't support it and lots of things would also have to change and be added to compliment and give a reason for including it, and I simply don't see that sort of effort being put into random post-release updates, going by the patches so far and all the patch content and even the free mods for Witcher 3, truly nothing on the level of what we're talking about here. At all.

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                  March 19, 2021 3:55 PM

                  Haha we're on the same page. A lot of the shit that people make 3 hour videos to over-analyze the game's flaws about simply do not matter in the context of the game that was released. Would it be cool if police cars showed up to the scene of a crime? Sure. Does it have literally any impact on the game you're actually playing? No. The game has bugs, and annoying quirks....and it's still pretty good.

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        March 19, 2021 11:46 AM

        As someone who enjoyed the game despite the flaws, I think the overall feeling was more they won't do it, not that they couldn't do it. They could easily just abandon the game and move on to something else rather than spend a lot of time on fixing it. Or put bandages on everything and call it a day. They lied about so many things before launch that they could easily be lying about fixing everything properly. Gotta remember that redemption stories like No Man's Sky are the exception, not the rule.

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          March 19, 2021 12:08 PM

          CD Projekt are not really the kind of company to abandon a project like this - especially when they have so much invested in it.

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            March 19, 2021 12:37 PM

            We also didn’t think they would flat out lie about things and release a game that wasn’t anywhere close to being ready, though. I think they’ll eventually fix everything, but I’m not discounting the possibility they might just bandage everything, say it’s “good enough” and move on.

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              March 19, 2021 12:39 PM

              Telling lies will make them money, not abandoning will make them money. They like money I'm sure.

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                March 19, 2021 12:45 PM

                True, I think they were also planning on monetizing an online mode similar to gta online so it’s definitely in their interest to keep working on it if that’s still the plan.

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        March 19, 2021 1:46 PM

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          March 19, 2021 1:55 PM

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          March 19, 2021 2:01 PM

          Which is just a silly thing to say. The game will never be "fixed" to fit your specific vision of what you want from the game, but the common bugs preventing people from fully enjoying it will be smoothed out.

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            March 19, 2021 2:20 PM

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              March 19, 2021 2:27 PM

              The intensity and dogmatic nature of your opinion is what's so funny to me. The game is clearly not bad, plenty of problems, but it's super fun and does plenty of things right in addition to having plenty of boneheaded flaws. There's so much more to talk about CP77 than "this game is garbage" lol.

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              March 19, 2021 2:31 PM

              You also disliked the Witcher 3 though, right? It really seems like you just don't really enjoy their style of game, even if they executed their vision without massive issues/errors (like what seemed to happen this time around)

              Which is cool! Many of my friends tried and didn't really like W3, though I loved it

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              March 19, 2021 3:05 PM

              lol garbage? Not a fan of immersive-sims or something?

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              March 19, 2021 3:09 PM

              One of the best games I've ever played. Atmosphere counts for a lot with me though so I doubt you'll understand.

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              March 19, 2021 3:39 PM

              Oh hey it's that guy

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              March 19, 2021 3:54 PM

              it's like i never left

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              March 19, 2021 4:42 PM

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                March 19, 2021 4:53 PM

                why? you shit on everyone's cyberpunk fun whenever you get the chance. even in completely unrelated threads

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                  March 19, 2021 6:47 PM

                  Even I don't go as far with regards to Breath Of The Wild

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                March 19, 2021 5:23 PM

                Trolls should be banned

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              March 19, 2021 4:58 PM

              Jesus dude, we get it, you don't like the game. I know it will be hard but try to move on with your life.

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              March 19, 2021 5:23 PM

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              March 19, 2021 6:34 PM

              Man I wish I was as passionate about anything in my life the way you feel about cyberpunk

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              March 20, 2021 12:08 AM

              So bitter. Let it go dude

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            March 19, 2021 5:21 PM

            It is accurate to say that this game will never be what ItCameFromTheDesert wanted it to be, and I am glad.

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      March 19, 2021 10:21 AM

      Police spawning was obviously a huge problem, but the other ones never really happened to me. I take a bike everywhere though.

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        March 19, 2021 10:59 AM

        Yeah that was my only real beef with the game. Amazed it made it into the final game after 8 years of development or whatever.

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      March 19, 2021 11:19 AM

      Better late than never

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      March 19, 2021 11:20 AM

      I like how they try to frame it as if it were intentional that their police spawn out of thin air right in front of you at the drop of a hat.

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      March 19, 2021 11:56 AM

      I've purposely put off finishing this game until the "Next Gen" patch comes out. I liked what I played, but it definitely had a lot of issues.

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      March 19, 2021 12:34 PM

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      March 19, 2021 12:40 PM

      I still am playing this game and I am enjoying it!

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        March 19, 2021 12:42 PM

        Shhhhh quiet fool. We're not supposed to like it.

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          March 19, 2021 12:47 PM

          Oh course it isn't a perfect game - I still see pretty immersion breaking bugs. But I like the setting, different gameplay options (stealth, weapons, quick hacks, etc.), and man it is pretty with ray tracing!

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        March 19, 2021 1:08 PM

        Yep, I'm excited for my second play through. Prob waiting on DLC 1 to come out first - didn't they say April or something similar?

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        March 19, 2021 1:31 PM

        My game is on ice for a lot more patches but it IS kinda exactly what I hoped it would be-- a beautiful marriage of immersive-sims in a Fallout-like open world

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        March 19, 2021 2:22 PM

        Yeah, me too. But I've cut down lately because I'm waiting for this patch. I have crash issues that the last few patches haven't fixed.

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        March 19, 2021 3:10 PM

        3 runs, about 200-250 hours total. Loved it.

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        March 19, 2021 5:22 PM

        I've been thinking about firing it up just to drive around and listen to tunes

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      March 19, 2021 12:47 PM

      The police are fine. I know every single time I commit a crime IRL, I turn around and cops warp in out of nowhere and start shooting at me.

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        March 19, 2021 12:53 PM

        you forgot the drones. it's full tilt matrix grade sentinel accuracy out of nowhere. BOOM DRONES

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        March 19, 2021 1:16 PM

        I wish I could just walk 50 ft around the corner and have them forget about what I did IRL tho.

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      March 19, 2021 2:50 PM

      would love to see it

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      March 19, 2021 3:58 PM

      Will CD Project Red ever be trusted again?

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        March 19, 2021 4:46 PM

        Yes, when Witcher 4 drops and owns

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        March 19, 2021 4:47 PM

        Who trusts any developer? Bioware used to make great games, now they put out shit constantly. I don't feel like any game Dev has any trust that their game won't fall on its face

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          March 19, 2021 9:10 PM

          fair point. my most trusted are Blizzard and Valve. sure there's been ups and downs, but has Blizzard ever made a bad game? no. Has Valve? no.

          launch hiccups for WoW are a bit of a thing, but still the most successful* MMO* ever.

          *maybe by some metric some other MMO has been active longer or has had more total players or something, and thus more "successful". or maybe you consider GTA Online an MMO, and also consider financial success of GTAV + GTA Online together, then yea i think they've raked in more cash.

          "Grand Theft Auto V's world of guns, gore and gangs has topped the ranks as the highest grossing media title of all time, according to a report from Marketwatch." seriously what the fuck

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            March 19, 2021 9:20 PM

            Artifact and Dota 2

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            March 19, 2021 11:27 PM

            Blizzard has made some very bad games in the recent past:

            - WoW: Battle for Azeroth
            - Warcraft 3: Reforged

            And they are also continuously getting involved in scandals:

            - Banning Blitzchung to appease the Chinese dictatorship.
            - Numerous firing waves. Getting rid of WoW Europe's support staff in France was really bad. There are basically no human GMs anymore in WoW.
            - The €200M cash bonus for goblin chief Bobby Kotick.

            Most of the Blizzard founders left the company in the last 3 years because of Activision's management. Blizzard's going downhill, unfortunately. :(

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        March 19, 2021 11:35 PM

        I hope so, they're one of the stocks in this ETF I have.

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        March 20, 2021 12:32 AM

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      March 19, 2021 4:49 PM

      Yay for patches

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      March 19, 2021 4:51 PM

      I feel that game launched with a wet thud. Lots of jokes early on, but no staying power. I expected to play it for much longer than I did.

      Hope the patches and the DLC help revive it. Lots of potential there.

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        March 20, 2021 12:11 AM

        I beat it twice and uninstalled until it got some tweaks, series X updates, and possibly dlc.

        Enjoyed my time with it, even if it was janky

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