It would be the understatement of the century to say that when Cyberpunk 2077 launched, it was a little rough. As we now know, the developers were not confident in the late 2020 release window and wanted more time. They didn’t get it, so fans promised the world got a barely functioning Night City on some platforms, with corners that had to be cut to make the launch.
One of these angles, it seems, was a photo River Ward’s sister sends you after you complete his personal quest. Intended as a heartwarming group photo of his family as his cousin recovers in hospital, it instead goes way beyond the eerie valley and only gets worse the longer you look at it. Seriously, it’s like all the character models have been pushed into photo mode and arranged to look vaguely normal in less than a minute. Why is the child squatting on the bed? Why is no one looking at the camera? Why the hell is that teddy bear obviously a PNG they got off Google? Thankfully a fan couldn’t take it anymore and finally fixed it.
Nexus Mods user baldtwitlion shared a mod that includes a new and improved version of the hospital photo. It still contains River’s entire family – it just looks like they acknowledge each other’s existence now. The difference is night and day, with baldtwitlion making the poses much more natural and even changing the background to really look like something from Night City.
Gone is the creepy IRL teddy bear, the pristine backdrop (which for some reason featured a protein shake mix), awkward poses, and awkward vibe of the original image. Hell, in the vanilla version, even River doesn’t look at the camera, and he’s the main character in the questline. Instead, we get what actually looks like a picture of a family that is relieved to still be together, and is absolutely aware that they are taking a picture.
Despite the major current-gen upgrade we got earlier this year, Cyberpunk 2077 mods are still doing well, bringing the game into the best possible shape. As we discussed recently, Cyberpunk mods improved the game’s weather system and character customization, and even developed a VR port before an official one was even announced. Not bad for a game that many wrote off at launch.
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