If you’re thinking about buying a copy of Cyberpunk 2077 there are some things you should do before the game arrives next month.
CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the popular Witcher series, is gearing up to release its next game. Cyberpunk 2077, a sequel to Mike Pondsmith’s pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020, is slated to arrive on December 10th.
Like The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 is a single-player roleplaying game with an intriguing storyline, a huge cast of characters, powerful weapons and gadgets, and lots of choice. For instance, you can beat the game without killing anyone.
It’s one of the most anticipated games of the year and it’s currently up for pre-order ahead of its release on Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC, Sony’s PS5 Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Google Stadia.
You can buy the Cyberpunk 2077 Standard Edition at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, NewEgg, and Walmart. The Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition is sold at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.
The game’s release date is still a few weeks away, but there are some things you should do in the buildup to its arrival.
In this guide we’ll take you through a few things that might help prospective buyers and those who’ve already placed an order.
Decide If You Want to Pre-Order
While you might be tempted to buy Cyberpunk 2077 before its released, there are actually some legit reasons to hold off.
We’ve released a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, pre-order a copy right now and it’s worth a look if you’re currently on the fence.
Go through it and decide if it’s worth the investment right now. Remember, most retailers allow you to cancel a pre-order, free-of-charge, before a game ships.
That said, there are some retailers that will charge you for a game immediately. Sony is one of them. That’s something to think about if you aren’t prepared to cough up the cash for the game right now.
Buy the Correct Cyberpunk 2077 Edition
Again, retailers are selling two versions of the game. And while most people will probably want to go with a standard copy, the Collector’s Edition does have appeal.
If you aren’t sure which one you want to buy, take a look at our guide to the Cyberpunk 2077 editions. It will take you through each and make some recommendations.
Track the Collector’s Edition
If you think you might want the Collector’s Edition, but don’t want to buy it right now, make sure you track its stock as we push toward December.
The Collector’s Edition is currently hard to find and we expect it to stay that way as we get closer to the game’s release date. If you’re interested in buying the bundle, there’s an easy way to track inventory at retailers around the United States.
For more on how to do that, please take a look at our guide.
Avoid Buying the Collector’s Edition on eBay
If you want the Collector’s Edition, want to play the game on December 10th, but don’t want to pay more than retail price for the bundle, make sure you pre-order ahead of time.
Given the scarcity, you might be tempted to look at resale sites like eBay or Craigslist. We’ve seen the Collector’s Edition on eBay for $300+ and that price could jump up as we get closer to the game’s release.
We probably won’t see a ton of deals on this bundle so if you can find it for $250, and you can afford it, you’ll probably want to put in an order.
Remember, you should be able to cancel if you decide you no longer want it.
Keep Tabs on Your Order
As we push toward December, make sure you keep an eye on your pre-order. This will help you avoid headaches.
Make sure your delivery information is up-to-date. If you recently moved, you might have forgotten to change your address. You’ll also want to make sure your payment information is correct.
And if you decide to pre-order the Collector’s Edition, make sure you check on it once in awhile to make sure everything is still good to go.
Buy an External Hard Drive If You Need One
Cyberpunk 2077 will likely require a huge download.
The game’s page on the PlayStation Store originally stated that the game would require “80GB MINIMUM.” That information has been taken down, but if it holds, it means you’ll need at least 80GB of free space on your internal hard drive.
The game is still in development which means the download size could certainly change, for better or worse. In other words, there’s a chance the game pushes the 100GB mark like Red Dead Redemption 2 did in 2018.
Either way, given the game’s scope, it’ll probably be much larger than your standard game. So if you plan on playing day one, and you’re running out of room, make sure you’re ready.
While the @CyberpunkGame system requirements are not out yet (they are coming soon, though!), I wanted to address this topic from reddit. The game won’t take up 200GB when installed. You can expect the required HDD space to be on par with other modern titles. pic.twitter.com/tRigjPWLfC
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) September 2, 2020
If you already have a huge internal and/or external hard drive, you should be good to go. However, if you’re rocking an older console with limited amount of space, you might want to invest in an external hard drive. Fortunately, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from.
Look for Cyberpunk 2077 Deals
If you don’t want to pay full price for a copy of the game, make sure you keep your eyes out for deals in 2020.
Amazon is currently taking 17% off the price which means you can snag a copy for $49.94. This is one of the best pre-release deals out there and there’s no telling how long it will last.
If you join Best Buy’s My Best Buy Program (it’s free to join), you get $10 in rewards certificates if you pre-order a copy of the game.
Retailers like NewEgg sometimes knock $5-10 off the price to stay competitive so make sure you look around before paying full price.
Aggregators like Slickdeals will help you track down the latest deals.
Follow Cyberpunk 2077 on Twitter
If you’re interested in the game, make sure you follow CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account for the latest info about the game, contests, and more.
Think About Upgrading Your Console
Cyberpunk 2077 will have upgrades for current-gen consoles including 4K support for the Xbox One X. If you aren’t familiar with these consoles, we’ve put together guides to buying the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro and they will help.
Consider Buying the Cyberpunk 2077 Strategy Guide
Cyberpunk 2077 will be a massive game with lots to do so there might come a time when you’re looking for help with a quest or something else. If you’re in need of assistance, you’ll have plenty of options. Some are free, others cost money.
If you want easy access to information about the game, you might want to invest in the 368 page Cyberpunk 2077 guide. It’ll guide you through every item, quest, challenge, and choice in detail. It also has a map that will probably come in handy as you explore the game.
Here’s what you get for your money:
- 100% authoritative: all branching paths, all side quests, all rewards, and all endings fully mapped out; also includes optional challenges, mini-games, unlockables, secrets, and more.
- Foolproof explanations: every mission, every game mechanic, every meaningful choice covered with accessible solutions.
- Hi-res maps of Night City: each annotated with locations of collectibles and points of interest.
- Reference & Analysis Chapter: in-depth coverage of all major game systems, including character progression, abilities, perks, Street Cred, Trophies/Achievements, among others.
- At-a-glance Walkthroughs: annotated screenshots and sequential steps show optimal ways through every mission.
- Expert Combat Strategies: practical, reproducible tactics to crush all enemies and bosses.
- Comprehensive references: all-inclusive appraisals of all items and weapons – including statistics and unlock conditions.
- Spoiler-sensitive: carefully designed to avoid spoilers, ensuring you can read without ever ruining your appreciation of the story.
- Instant searches: print navigation systems and an extensive index give you immediate access to the information you need.
- Concept art: direct from the development team and beautifully laid out.
Keep an eye out for deals on the strategy guide as we approach the game’s release date in December.
6 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 4 Reasons to Wait
Pre-Order for These Bonuses
If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll get some nice bonuses with your order.
Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here’s what you can expect if you buy a copy before the game’s release date in December:
There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like Google, GameStop, and GOG.
If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.
If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.
If you buy the game for Google’s Stadia, you’ll get a Stadia Premiere kit ($100) for free. The deal lasts until December 17th though it’s only available until supplies last.
The Stadia Premiere kit includes a Chromecast Ultra, a white Stadia controller, and a one-month trial for Stadia Pro if you don’t have it already.
If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.
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