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Sony will allow "Cyberpunk 2077" to be sold on its online PlayStation store starting June 21, the game's creators at CD Projekt Red said today.

Why it matters: Sales of the buggy would-be blockbuster have been hit hard since Sony delisted the game shortly after its launch.

  • Many fans had high hopes that the game would meet the level of quality of CDPR's last adventure, "The Witcher 3."
  • A reappearance may signal the game is in a viable condition to play.

Between the lines: Multiple patches from CDPR in the first half of the year had not swayed Sony to list it again.

  • Then, this morning, a listing for "Cyberpunk 2077" briefly appeared on the PlayStation store fueling speculation that Sony may soon permit sale of the game.
  • The listing disappeared before noon ET, only for CDPR to announce the game's return on June 21.

What they're saying: Last week, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan told Axios that the delisting "was a tough decision for us to make, but ultimately, we had to act in the interests of the PlayStation community, and not knowingly sell a game that might result in a bad experience for them."

  • A Sony PlayStation rep tells Axios that players should still expect to experience some issues with the game: "Users will continue to experience performance issues with the PS4 edition while CD Projekt Red continues to improve stability across all platforms. [PlayStation management] recommends playing the title on PS4 Pro or PS5 for the best experience.​”

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Co-op games are having a moment

"Redfall." Image via Bethesda/Microsoft

Many of the most exciting games announced at this year’s E3 have something in common: You can play them with other people.

Why it matters: A lot of the chatter about where video gaming is going involves either the scarcity of single-player games or the success of competitive multiplayer phenomena such as “Fortnite” and “Call of Duty: Warzone.”

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Naomi Osaka eliminated from Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo

Czech 42nd-ranked Marketa Vondrousova (L) shakes hands with Japan's Naomi Osaka after their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles third round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Olympics after losing her Tokyo tennis tournament match 6-1, 6-4 in the third round to Czech Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday.

Of note: Japan's Osaka is the women's world No. 2, while is Vondrousova ranked No.42.

Drought pushes 2 major U.S. lakes to historic lows

Kayakers at a boat launch ramp Page, Arizona, on July 3, which was made unusable by record low water levels at Lake Powell as the drought continues to worsen near. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Two significant U.S. lakes, one of which is a major reservoir, are experiencing historic lows amid a drought that scientists have linked to climate change.

What's happening: Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the U.S., has fallen 3,554 feet in elevation, leaving the crucial reservoir on the Colorado River, at 33% capacity — the lowest since it was filled over half a century ago, new U.S. Bureau of Reclamation data shows.