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The rocky launch of Cyberpunk 2077 has both the community and the development team frustrated. According to a new report, developers who helped put together the RPG have questioned CD Projekt Red’s leadership team about the issues the game is facing. Apparently, the main gripes are with the time crunch the devs were put under along with the hard-to-meet deadlines. It’s well-documented in a past controversy that CD Projekt Red didn’t allow for a great work environment even with employees working from home. Developers have reported putting in crazy hours to meet the deadlines and the game that released was still incomplete.
CD Projekt Red leadership team criticized by Cyberpunk devs
The anticipation for Cyberpunk 2077 was through the roof in the weeks and months leading up to its release. The marketing campaign for the game promised an immersive, playable RPG that would break new ground for the genre.
While some of that is true and Cyberpunk 2077 is by no means a bad game, it feels incomplete. The last-generation console issues were so bad that Sony removed the game from the PlayStation Store. The massive amount of bugs and performance issues on other systems also add to the incomplete feeling.
It’s likely the community wouldn’t feel so strongly about these issues if CD Projekt Red didn’t make so many promises. The same dilemma happened with No Man’s Sky back in 2016. The devs made a slew of assurances and the game at launch didn’t make good on those promises.
CDPR is in a similar spot, as it assured the game would be “complete and playable” when it shipped. While the fans are understandably upset, the devs who worked on the game are also reportedly not happy. A recent video call supposedly occurred last week and the devs questioned some of the decisions made by CDPR’s leadership team.
The initial report about this call states that the “frustrated and angry staff” confronted CDPR about the way Cyberpunk 2077‘s launch was handled. After all, the developers were placed under extreme pressure, but they were also given deadlines that now seem unrealistic if they wanted to ship a polished game.
CD Projekt Red is facing lawsuits, severe backlash, and monetary issues due to Cyberpunk 2077‘s release controversy. Hopefully, these problems can be resolved with time and we can simply enjoy the game the developers created.
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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.