The sci-fi role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 had a disastrous release, but now its creators have finally entered into negotiations to resolve a class action lawsuit.
Poland-based game publisher CD Projekt Red (CDPR) issued a press release yesterday, saying it had “entered into negotiations regarding a possible settlement. If consensus is reached … the parties will seek its approval in court . “
Broken dreams – In 2019, when Matrix actor Keanu Reeves signed Cyberpunk 2077 and became the star child of the game, fan expectations could not have been higher. Cyberpunk was meant to be the go-to neo-noir RPG. But its rushed production led to major quality issues.
In fact, the game was so full of bugs when it was released in December 2020 that it was “virtually unplayable,” according to a lawsuit. And graphically, the game looked bad on most machines.
Financial benefits – As a result, Sony has removed Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation Store almost immediately after launch and didn’t add it again before more than six months later. The game was a clear flop, players demanded refunds and investors decided to take legal action against CDPR, alleging securities fraud.
How did it happen? – Earlier this year, it was revealed that CDPR’s corporate culture causes employee burnout and may have contributed to Cyberpunkfailure.
As former CDPR sound engineer Adrian Jakubiak said Game Informant, employees often worked 13 hours a day. To make matters worse, supervisors were often flippant and evasive when it came to real development issues and concerns. Jakubiak said he was told the company “would find out along the way.”
The irony of CyberpunkThe failure of s is that while its developers felt rushed and exhausted, the game had been in talks for almost a decade before its release. When Cyberpunk 2077 was announced in 2012, it caused tremendous enthusiasm in the gaming community. But development of the game didn’t start until 2016.
Now that the dust has settled, the CDPR is coming to terms with the chaos it has created.