A sign for the video game Cyberpunk 2077 on display at E3 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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LONDON – Cyberpunk 2077 returns to PlayStation Store next week.
The battered sci-fi video game will be released on Tuesday, Jan.
CD Projekt shares rose 6.5% on the news.
Cyberpunk was ripped off the PlayStation Store in an unprecedented move late last year after fans responded to a host of bugs and performance issues on older consoles.
It was a blow to CD Projekt, hitting sales at a time when game demand was booming and Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X consoles hit the market.
Cyberpunk was heavily hyped prior to its release, with actor Keanu Reeves starring as one of the main characters in the game.
But it was hit with several delays in 2020 as developers struggled to get the game ready for launch. When Cyberpunk was finally released in December, angry gamers used social media to share clips of the many problems they faced while trying to play it.
The bug eventually led Sony and Microsoft to offer players full refunds for digital versions of the game, with the former going a step further and removing it from the PlayStation Store.
To make matters worse, CD Projekt announced in February that it had been hit by a ransomware attack. Hackers threatened to release the source code for games like cyberpunk and the role-playing game Witcher 3.
Last week, the company announced that the data obtained during the cyberattack may now circulate online and include information about current and former employees, as well as games.