Xbox Game Pass has been a handy way for owners of Microsoft's console, or even PC players, to check out games without the full upfront investment. But if you're a Game Pass holder hoping to get a deal on Cyberpunk 2077 at launch, well, those hopes seem dashed.
In a recent Twitter conversation Radek Grabowski, Lead PR Manager for CD Projekt Red, confirmed the futuristic RPG wouldn't be hitting the Xbox subscription service right away. In response to a hypothetical posed by VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb about Game Pass revenue, Grabowski told Grubb he'd have to pick another example; "No Game Pass plans for Cyberpunk 2077."
This shouldn't be too surprising, as the only major game launches that hit Game Pass at launch tend to be from Xbox Game Studios or independent developers. Still, Game Pass has been a major point of pride for Microsoft—it's noted how users have been playing and even buying more games, and its service passed the 10 million subscriber milestone earlier this year. Having Cyberpunk 2077 on board would've been a big get, even if it really only existed as a hypothetical.
Still, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be part of Xbox's Smart Delivery program. This way, when Xbox One users decide to upgrade to a Series X, their game will transfer over with them. There will also be a post-launch patch for next-gen consoles, upgrading those versions of the game further than their last-gen counterparts.
We got more of a glimpse of Cyberpunk 2077 and the seedy underbelly of Night City during a recent Night City Wire broadcast, which was the first of several to come. Xbox, meanwhile, is building up toward its July showcase next week to talk about even more games coming to the next generation of Xbox hardware.