Cyberpunk 2077 is booming, breaking records it hasn’t come close to touching since its launch party. As many are probably familiar, Cyberpunk 2077 was billed as the “next big thing” in gaming and many thought it would define the era of PS5/Xbox Series X RPGs. It fell out of favor, and it fell hard. No game deserves to be considered a failure, and Cyberpunk 2077 managed to do something Anthem and other games have not. Cyberpunk 2077The Phantom Liberty DLC is its chance to push that envelope even further, as it generated a ton of hype.
It should be applauded, but December 2020 and all that followed should not be forgotten. The game was pulled from the PlayStation Store for a reason, and it’s no secret that the release date came as a surprise to the developers. Bold executives lied to consumers and overall it was a very bad image that hurt CDPR. While some liked it at launch, it was heavily criticized and many of those criticisms still stand, even though it is a much better game. However, in all of this, there is one thing that happened with Cyberpunk 2077the initial version of which cannot be repeated with Phantom Liberty, lest CDPR risk another debacle on its hands.
Cyberpunk 2077’s Hype Train has gone off the rails
Cyberpunk 2077 exited in full organ failure – there wasn’t a single issue that made it a bad exit, but a plethora of them. What makes each of these system failures worse is that CDPR has had time to confess, but because the video game industry is a business (and sometimes worse for it) and for all the other reasons that he said to himself, the CDPR has never admitted how Cyberpunk 2077 has been. There’s a lot of self-justification here, but the result is simple: it’s been delayed not once, not twice, but three times.
CDPR should never have announced a release date, plain and simple, because it clearly wasn’t ready. Once he did, the trap was set. It was delayed from April to September, from September to October and from October to December. There were even reports of the crunch for Cyberpunk 2077 it should have forced the issue, but day after day it was all just a fashionable lie. While that would have been a major hit, delaying it from April or even September to late 2021 or early 2022 would have been his best move. Many of today’s growing pains would not hit like they do now.
It should be noted that, given the secrecy of the industry, there are potentially countless external factors here. This should not be ignored, but it cannot be taken into account either. Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed so often that the yellow associated with the mark has become associated with delays, and yet Cyberpunk 2077 didn’t take long enough, after all. He had time to communicate his flaws and adapt; instead, the delays created anticipation as fans expected the game to go through varying degrees of polish, not…everything leading up to its release.
CDPR is not expected to announce a release date for Cyberpunk 2077‘s Phantom Liberty until he knows for sure he’s ready. Everything that was wrong with the launch of the game was underpinned by a plethora of lies, and it’s great that Cyberpunk 2077 and CDPR developers must return from executive failures. He can’t go back to that hole. That’s not to say Phantom Liberty has to be perfect, no game is, but it can’t be day one Cyberpunk 2077 once again.
Cyberpunk 2077The Phantom Liberty DLC will be released in 2023.
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