Cyberpunk 2077 Mod Reinstates E3 2018 Visuals

Some will have noticed that the visuals for Cyberpunk 2077 changed between its E3 demo and the retail release, but this mod brings back the former.

Often, during the development cycle, games will go through changes between showcased demos and the final release. One example of this is Dying Light 2‘s changes from its E3 demo to the retail version. The first Watchdogs game is perhaps one of the most classic examples of this, and Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be no exception, either. Given this, someone has managed to create a mod for the latter, which attempts to re-implement the visuals that were present in the game when it was shown off in 2018.


A user going by the name Kratoes, with the contributions of other modders, has created an add-on for Cyberpunk 2077 that is simply called “E3 2018 LM,” and screenshots of the mod in action appear to show a gloomier version of the game. The purpose of the add-on, according to the description on Nexus Mods, is to bring the game’s graphics more in-line with the way they were for the E3 demonstration. However, users are warned that this add-on is not compatible with any mods that affect the weather or the game’s general lighting.

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According to one fan in 2021, there are some differences between the E3 version of Cyberpunk 2077 and the final game. Some of these changes include the removal of a vehicle’s windshield HUD, while one user has suggested that the game’s opening prologue was shortened for the retail release. Another alteration shows that the E3 demo has NPCs using elevators. However, it’s been theorized that this was removed for the final version as it could impact the player’s ability to use elevators quickly if other characters are using them. In general, there have been numerous changes between the 2018 demo and what finally hit shelves and digital storefronts at the end of 2020.

While the game’s developer has been criticized for its poor handling of the initial release, new findings came to light recently which may absolve the company somewhat. A QA report shows that CD Projekt Red may have been related to about Cyberpunk 2077‘s bugs. The company responsible for quality assurance, Quantic Lab, may have kept the studio in the dark about the issues that were plaguing the game. The report suggests that CDPR was truly not aware of just how much of a mess the game was prior to release.

However, the damage was still done on that fateful day in December 2020. Despite the work that’s gone into making it more stable and less buggy, Cyberpunk 2077 is still considered to have had one of the most disastrous launches in video game history. Things are definitely much better now, but CDPR’s reputation, even if improved with this new report, is still in tatters for some gamers at the moment.

Cyberpunk 2077 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: Nexus Mods

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