So, not to go too off-topic with this one - there are a lot of game systems under the hood that took resources to build and take resources to run within the game. NPC scripting must have been one of the areas where CDPR felt like they need to just agree to it being rudimentary, at least for the time being.
The problem is that there is rudimentary and then there is CP2077 rudimentary. Which is to say, pretty much non-existent
Not trying to dis here. I never expected them to deliver on their "thousand of NPCs with dynamic behavior and day/night cycles on screen" thing. Even the beefiest computer would struggle with that.
I did expect them to deliver the basic behavior that has been in games like these for more than a decade now.