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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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