Cyberpunk 2077’s lengthy, sluggish journey to redemption took a notable step ahead as we speak as its Steam consumer ranking ticked over from “largely optimistic” to “very optimistic,” that means that 80% of its greater than 553,000 consumer rankings are actually a thumbs-up.

The massive second was famous by CD Projekt Crimson international neighborhood director Marcin Momot, who thanked followers “for acknowledging all of the exhausting work the group has put in over time for the reason that launch.”

(Picture credit score: Marcin Momot (Twitter))

You may argue that, as moments go, this one is not all that terribly huge, and yeah, that’s honest. Regardless of its prepare wreck popularity, Cyberpunk 2077 was fairly okay on PC, particularly in case you had a reasonably high-powered rig, and even when it first got here out—which is to say, when it was in its worst situation—the Steam rating by no means slipped beneath 70%, which counts as “largely optimistic.” That is not unhealthy for many video games, however Cyberpunk 2077 wasn’t most video games, and the truth that it wasn’t bringing in common reward was seen as a shock—and naturally, the scenario was far worse on consoles.

However as Momot mentioned, CD Projekt has caught with it, and issues slowly circled. The primary actual proof of enchancment got here in November 2021, when new consumer critiques climbed to “very optimistic,” helped alongside by a flood of enter from individuals who picked it up for half worth within the Steam Autumn Sale. The general ranking remained caught at “largely optimistic,” however the brand new critiques continued to roll in, and the needle very slowly moved. Final yr’s Edgerunners update, timed alongside the discharge of the highly-praised Netflix show, earned goodwill too by correcting among the worst annoyances that’d endured since launch, like the dearth of beauty armor slots.

You might even see, in case you go to examine the Steam web page your self, that Cyberpunk 2077 remains to be listed as “largely optimistic.” If that is the case (and it was for me, which is why I convey it up), it is due to your consumer evaluate settings: Steam permits customers to exclude “off-topic critiques” from game rankings as a strategy to fight evaluate bombs, however you may choose to incorporate all critiques if you need—and I had. That meant the a number of thousand unfavourable critiques that dropped via February and March 2022—and which Valve decided had been off-topic—had been included within the total ranking, which was sufficient to tug it again beneath 80%. Take these out of the equation, and you have made it to the highest.

My guess is that except the Phantom Liberty enlargement actually adjustments the world (the precise actual world, I imply, not the game world), that is pretty much as good as it should get for Cyberpunk 2077: Steam’s prime ranking, Overwhelmingly Constructive, requires 95% optimistic consumer critiques, and all due respect to CD Projekt however that is simply not going to occur. Nonetheless, it is a powerful turnaround for what was—it doesn’t matter what CD Projekt says about it now—one of the vital infamously ugly game launches of all time.