When they announced the Phantom Liberty expansion at Gamescom, many of us were left scratching our heads. It had been delayed for over a year, and the promised content was extensive and highly ambitious. And, as we suspected, it comes with a serious optimization issue.
According to CD Projekt Red’s lead level designer, Filip Pierściński, the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 update could cause overheating issues.
He stated this on Twitter yesterday. As per Pierściński’s comments, the upcoming 2.0 update next month and the Phantom Liberty expansion will put a significant strain on your system, with an expected workload of up to 90% on modern eight-core CPUs.
“Before releasing the 2.0 update of the game, please check your PC cooling systems,” the programmer wrote on Twitter.
“We’re using all you’ve got, so we expect a CPU workload of 90% on the 8 cores. To save you time, please run Cinebench or something similar and check the stability of your systems,” he concluded.
Obviously, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t burn your computer, as the components have temperature safeguards in case it exceeds 100 degrees Celsius, but what we can observe are performance bottlenecks due to heat.
It will be interesting to see how Cyberpunk 2077 performs on current PCs. Earlier this year, we reported that the Overdrive mode, which was added at that time, set a new benchmark for PC gaming.
Now, with the release of the free 2.0 update and the paid Phantom Liberty DLC, CD Projekt Red will further push current hardware to its limits. As a result, CDPR updated the game’s minimum and recommended PC requirements a few months ago. They now demand significantly more than the initial release.
The Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 update will be released soon alongside the Phantom Liberty expansion on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on September 26, 2023.