Cyberpunk 2077 offers a huge open-world but it ends up feeling like a mere illusion once you spend some time observing the traffic that moves around the city.
CD Projekt Red apparently thought it was a good idea to create a cutting-edge game that still relied on old optimization tricks, even on a top-end PC. Videos have emerged that showcase how ridiculous the fake traffic can look like if viewed from a distance.
It is a simple case of optimization over delivering a more efficient solution. CD Projekt Red might have settled on this method based on the limited resources and time, but it leads to duplicate cars and shows a simple sprite of them showing them on roads in the distance when you take a closer look.
Here is an example of this fake traffic in action, especially how it is full of duplicate cars.
Here is another example of this fake traffic. The user who shares this video was recording it on a high-end PC so this optimization technique is not just limited to consoles but also applies to the PC version.
Cyberpunk 2077 has its fair share of issues on all platforms. It has been delisted from the PlayStation Store as a result, while Microsoft has put a warning on the Xbox Live Store citing performance issues for the game. Although, by most accounts, it is being received rather well on PC aside from optimization tricks like this one that just feels silly.
The game was released on December 10 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It is currently available through the digital store on PC and Xbox Live but removed from the PlayStation Store with no timeframe on when it will be relisted.