CD Projekt Red has responded to reports of Cyberpunk 2077 development issues

Joanna Estrada
January 19, 2021

In one of probably many dissections of CD Projekt Red's missteps in making Cyberpunk 2077, Bloomberg's Jason Schreier just published a piece investigating the game's development.

"It's hard for a trade show game demo not to be a test of vision or vertical slice two years before the game ships, but that doesn't mean it's fake", Badowski wrote. He concluded his post by promising that the studio will continue to work on patching the game "so the players will have the best experience possible".

The Bloomberg report also alledged that the E3 2018 demo was "almost entirely fake" and said "CD Projekt hadn't yet finalised and coded the underlying gameplay systems, which is why so many features, such as auto ambushes, were missing from the final product". Despite pledges from leadership that crunch wouldn't be necessary, developers still felt pressured to work long hours, and when its spring 2020 release date was announced, they started taking bets on when it would be delayed. And if we get a bit more granular about our release, the vision we presented in this demo evolved into something that got multiple 9/10s and 10/10s on PC from many renown gaming outlets in the world. That's all not what I call catastrophic.

"You've talked with 20 people, some being ex employees, only 1 of whom is not anonymous", Badowski said. "Every email and company-wide advertisement is in English - all of this is mandatory". It is, however, pretty normal for Germans speaking German, Poles speaking Polish, Spaniards speaking Spanish etc. We work in a multicultural environment. If the question is whether it is hard to move to another country, and sometimes culture, to work and live there, then the answer is yes.

Schreyer's response to Padowski's letter, Saying, "The CD project has chosen not to answer specific questions or to make Badosky available for our article, so it's interesting to see those comments now."He also said he regretted raising the language issue, as it "did not attract attention and was a particularly serious problem", but also noted that Badowski had "not addressed the brutal crisis and the unrealistic schedule".

For more information on Cyberpunk 2077, see CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski's apology for the rocky launch of Cyberpunk 2077 and how he claims the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X / S update will arrive in the "second half" of 2021.

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Adam Pankhurst is a news writer for IGN.

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