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Cyberpunk 2077 Update Does It Again

Another year, another opportunity for CD Projekt RED to fix Cyberpunk 2077 ... and then bungle it. The game launched in such a glitchy state that audiences doubted CD Projekt RED's update roadmap and DLC plans. The company hoped to make up for lost ground by focusing on much-needed bug fixes, but whoever coded the patches must have done so with a monkey's paw because it created just as many problems as it fixed.

Many gamers claim that Cyberpunk 2077's Patch 1.1 isn't all it's cracked up to be since it introduces, among other things, a game-breaking bug. One of the game's main quests, "Down on the Street," requires players to chat on the phone with Takemura. After players downloaded the patch, many reported that Takemura calls but just stares at you. The irony of this situation is that the patch notes state the update was supposed to "[fix] an issue where Takemura wouldn't call" in the quest. Well, at least he calls now.

"Down on the Street" cannot continue until Takemura finishes speaking. However, since he has forgotten his lines and the AI director refuses to yell "CUT!", this prevents players from completing the quest and thus continuing the main mission.

On the bright side, CD Projekt RED is aware of this issue and has provided a workaround, but it's a band-aid at best since it relies on the age-old solution of save scumming. First, load a save file before Takemura and V leave Wakako's office. Then, immediately finish the conversation with Takemura. After Cyberpunk 2077 updates the quest and the conversation is completed, wait 23 hours in-game. (Do this via the "Skip Time" option in the main menu.) The final step is to cross your fingers and grab your lucky rabbit's foot because you are now at the whims of the game code. If the holocall triggers as it should and Takemura starts gabbing, it worked. If not, time to reload that Wakako office save file and start the process all over again.

As you probably gathered, this "solution" relies on an early save, and as long as you have Hotfix 1.06 installed, you won't have to worry about potential save file corruption. If you can't revert to an earlier point in your playthrough and the cat refuses to let go of Takemura's tongue, you either have to wait for a future update or start the game over again.

Given the severity of this bug, CD Projekt RED has probably given it top priority. With any luck, the next big fix won't inject new problems into Cyberpunk 2077, but since most gamers claim Patch 1.1 doesn't live up to the hype even discounting the Takemura bug, don't get your hopes up.