Cyberpunk 2077 is finally making itself available on the PlayStation 5 outside of the digital with the imminent release of the Ultimate edition on December 5, 2023. This is the first time that players will be able to purchase the game on the next-gen platform in its physical format.
Yet, while the “Ultimate” label is suggestive that the rendition will come in with everything released for the game, so far, it won’t be so. The Phantom Liberty DLC will not be coming as part of the disc and will require a separate download instead.
In comparison to its Xbox Series X|S and PC counterparts, the former will come completely off the disc as a three-disc release while the latter, the boxed PC version, will only come with a GOG downloadable code.
Explaining the situation, a CD Projekt Red spokesperson, via VGC, said:
“The reason for the difference in how the Phantom Liberty is included in the Ultimate Edition is due to technical requirements specific to each platform”.
As word about the matter reached the gaming community, many expressed their dismay.
One X (formerly Twitter) user, Scorne, posted on the social media, saying “That makes no sense at all.” It continued with a question asking why not all content will not be available on disc, highlighting the disparity between the PS5 and the Xbox Series X|S versions.
Shedding light on the potential issue, Digital Foundry’s John Linneman said via X that it is a “problem on the Sony side with how DLC plugs into games”.
Does It Play, meanwhile, responded to the claim, suggesting that “Sony does allow devs to compile dlc [sic] on disc builds”.
Linneman, in agreement, added to the claim by stating, “They didn’t want to make a separate build just for the disc”.
Anyone who registered in the “My Rewards” program and bought Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate is entitled to all digital items released with the game.