CD Projekt Red has released a video apologising for the state of Cyberpunk 2077.
In case you’ve yet to get your hands on it, Cyberpunk 2077 (the company’s futuristic action-RPG) was released in a less than perfect state. The ‘last gen’ versions of the game have major problems and even the PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X versions have various glitches. Now, developer CD Projekt Red has issued an apology over the whole mess.
The video, which you can see at the bottom of this article, is presented by Marcin Iwiński, co-founder of CD Projekt Red. In it, he talks about the difficulties involved in developing Cyberpunk 2077, that the company bit off more than they could chew and that he and the company’s board take responsibility for releasing the game in its current state.
He outlines the company’s future plans, explaining that Cyberpunk 2077’s DLC has been delayed so the game can be properly patched, and that the Xbox Series X/PlayStation 5 visual and performance upgrades will be delivered later this year. However, the video, while not specific labelled as an ‘apology’, feels a little half-hearted, leaving several questions unanswered.
Iwiński says, “Our testing did not show a big part of the issues”, which some people have seen as blaming CD Projekt Red’s QA team for the state of the game. But, as anyone who’s played Cyberpunk 2077 will know, just trying to run it on a base ‘last gen’ console would have highlighted these issues. Surely CD Projekt Red must have provided the QA department with Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s? Just how much direction was QA given when it came to testing the game?
Iwiński references the Coronavirus crisis as one of the challenges the team faced which, given that Cyberpunk 2077 has been in development for at least eight years, doesn’t sit quite right with us.
CD Projekt Red has a long way to go if it’s to salvage the situation. Personally, I gave up on my latest run when it kept playing the same combat theme again and again and again; I’d have turned the volume down except that the settings menu won’t let save your settings.
For now, I’m sticking with Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Sure, it’s not set in a dystopian future where people change their eyeballs like they change their socks, but at least I can annihilate our enemies with a man-baby.