Cyberpunk 2077 released just over a week ago now, and reviews for the game are starting to flood in, with not all critics leaving positive comments. Whilst the game has been praised for its unique style, the game's release on previous-gen consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, has massively come under fire. This has forced CD Projekt Red to publicly apologize for the condition of the game on the older consoles.
To add fuel to the fire, the developers' stance on refunds for the game has been confusing, to say the least, with CD Projekt Red originally offering refunds to the players. However, Sony chose to block this and has recently removed the game completely from their store.
The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 clearly did not go how CD Projekt Red was expecting it to, and it seems that the nightmare is yet to be over for the developer.
As first reported by Bloomberg, “Rebellion is in the air” at CD Projekt Red currently, with many staff members left “angry and frustrated” by the lackluster release of Cyberpunk 2077 this last week.
An internal board meeting took place via video on Thursday, in which management was forced to apologize for the disastrous launch of the game, whilst members of staff pummeled questions and complaints towards the team.
Developers of the game asked questions regarding the company's reputation, along with the unrealistic deadlines they were set throughout the development of the game. Members of the staff were also forced to complete mandatory six-day working weeks, with the board of directors promising to staff that this will be improved upon in the future.
One employee also asked the board why the game was stated as “complete and playable” in January of this year, a statement claimed to be false by employees of CD Projekt Red, to which the developer took full responsibility for. Another employee seemingly joked with CD Projekt Red, asking whether they “felt it was hypocritical to make a game about corporate exploitation while expecting that their employees work overtime.” The response was apparently vague.
A spokeswoman for CD Projekt Red stated that the developer would not be commenting on the internal meeting discussions.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Cyberpunk 2077's release has been nothing short of disappointing. Following the game's 8-year development cycle, multiple delays, and a number of failed promises, CD Projekt Red will do well to fix the mess that they have created, more so for the previous console generation players. With complaints now seemingly starting to show from within the company itself, signs do not look good for the developer.
The signs were there before release, with the developer only offering PC versions of a release copy of the game, showing they were aware of the game's state on previous generations. Whilst Cyberpunk is able to run to its full potential over on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users are left with a broken, glitchy, and overall disappointing experience. Whilst the experience improves over on the next-gen consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, it still isn't what we were expecting, and with an upgrade to the game not coming until some point in 2021, players may be reluctant to give the game a go as yet,
Cyberpunk 2077 is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 (currently unavailable via PlayStation Store). The game is also playable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S via the console's backward compatibility functions.