Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen upgrade and first expansion progress

Today: Niantic listens to the community and keeps lockdown changes — Channel 4 is rebooting its classic GamesMaster videogame show — Did the #ADayOffTwitch protest have a noticeable effect?

CD Projekt hopes to launch Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen update this year

Photo of CD Projekt office front desk

CD Projekt has briefed shareholders on what's going on at the company, including Cyberpunk 2077's ongoing development and its next-gen update.

“The target is to release the next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 late this year,” according to SVP of business development Michał Nowakowski. CD Projekt “can’t say with full certainty” that it will be done this year, though.

  • Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen update might slip to next year
  • Almost 200 developers working on the first expansion
  • They “strongly believe in the long-term” viability of Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dataminers recently found evidence that multiplayer is ‘still in works’

Maybe 2021: The non-committal tone is because CD Projekt has learned some hard lessons about giving definitive dates and would rather be vague than disappointing.

Expansion: Over a third of the studio's employees were still working on Cyberpunk 2077 at the end of June, maintaining the game and working on the next-gen update. Around 160 developers are working on the first expansion, while another 70 have started work on “unannounced projects”

What was the name of the last game in the Final Fight series?

a) Final Fight 3
b) Final Fight 2
c) Final Fight: Streetwise
d) Final Fight: Revenge

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Pokémon Go keeps 80m distances

Pokemon GO logo

Niantic has decided to keep the Pokémon Go 80 metre interaction distances introduced to make the game playable during lockdown following ‘clear feedback from the community’. Inkay and Malamar will be introduced to Pokémon Go during the Psychic Spectacular event, and the next season of Pokémon Sword & Shield Ranked Battles begins now.

Pokémon Go

  • PokéStops and Gyms retain 80m interaction radius
  • Seasonal bonus now set at global level and tied to seasons
  • Psychic Spectacular (September 8th-13th)
    • Inkay and Malamar debut during Psychic-type event
    • Next Season of Mischief Special Research story
    • Psychic-type Pokémon appearing more in wild
  • Raids (September 8th-13th)
    • One-star: Staryu, Chimecho, Bronzor, Espurr, and Inkay
    • Two-star: Alolan Raichu, Wobbuffet, Medicham, and Metagross
    • Five-star: Lugia
    • Mega Raids: Mega Slowbro

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Battle Villa (September 1th-15th)
    • Must first complete Main Story Chapter 7
    • Can create rosters of up to 9 sync pairs

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Ranked Battles September 2021 Season
    • Follows Series 10 regulations allowing Legendary
    • Only Pokémon captured in Sword & Shield are eligible

Did a #ADayOffTwitch cause a Twitch dip?

Snapshot of Twitchtracker data for Sep. 1

The #ADayOffTwitch protest had a noticeable impact on viewing figures, as streamers aimed to build up awareness and see their voices heard in support of the marginalised streamers that have seen a wave of hate speech and coordinated attacks on Twitch, which is owned by Amazon.

Twitchtracker recorded a lower concurrent total for September 1st with just 3.53 million viewers in the late evening, compared to 4.517 million on August 31st, shredding the average daily viewer count by about a million.

Community Solution: Twitch Streamer Nutty used #ADayOffTwitch to come up with a clever panic button system, which can be activated quickly and aims to put the channel into subscriber-only mode, clearing the room and putting a stop to the raiding. Hopefully, Twitch can put some tools like this together soon.

Hate raids: The protest intended to bring attention to hate raiding, where streamers – and especially minorities – are subjected to organized abuse and doxxing. Twitch has not made a big effort to handle the phenomenon, and simply stated that it “supports our streamers' rights to express themselves” in response to #ADayOffTwitch.

Humble Bundle’s RPG and publisher sales

Humble Bundle summer sale banners

The summer sales never end at Humble Bundle, and now they've put an entire genre on sale in the RPG sale, offering up to 85% off role-playing classics.

There is also no less than three publisher sales on, starting with the Coffee Stain Publishing Sale which offers discounts up to 90%, the Rebellion Summer Sale offering 80% off and finally the Konami Summer Sale offers up to 90% off some heavy hitters.

What was the name of the last game in the Final Fight series?

Streetwise's protag, Kyle, fighting in the ruined streets of Metro City.

ANSWER: Final Fight: Streetwise!

Final Fight was a pivotal moment for the brawler genre, and marks a clear boundary in its development. The old Final Fight games are still charming, although their quarter-munching design philosophy appears a bit obvious today – in any case they're more fun than Final Fight: Streetwise from 2006, which brought the series into the third dimension.

Critics were merciless, lambasting forced edginess such as the story about a drug that turns people into violent zombies. Streetwise effectively killed the franchise, and relegated characters like Haggar, Cody and Poison to guest appearances in Street Fighter. Better than being completely dead, though!

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!