CD Projekt boss commits to creating Cyberpunk 2077 a sport ‘we might be pleased with’
Cyberpunk 2077 was a disappointing mess at launch, and regardless of updates of varied sizes since then, it stays one. Andy Kelly went as far as to opine final week that CD Projekt ought to repair it after which ditch it, as a result of whatever the bugs, it can stay (in his phrases) “wildly disappointing” relative to our preliminary expectations, particularly coming from the studio that gave us The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
I started to surprise if CD Projekt’s plan was actually to quietly extricate itself from the entire thing a few weeks in the past, when the studio introduced a change in plans for Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer. That is apparently not the state of affairs, nevertheless, as joint CEO Adam Kiciński informed Reuters that the studio stays dedicated to Cyberpunk for the long run.
“I don’t see an choice to shelve Cyberpunk 2077,” Kiciński mentioned. “We’re satisfied that we are able to convey the sport to such a state that we might be pleased with it and subsequently efficiently promote it for years to come back.”
Which may sound like wishful considering provided that, as an example, 4 months after its elimination, Cyberpunk 2077 nonetheless hasn’t returned to the PlayStation Retailer. (Kiciński mentioned CD Projekt has “pleasant relations” with Sony.) It isn’t fully past the realm of chance, although. CD Projekt mentioned in an April 2020 report that 2019 was The Witcher 3’s second-biggest gross sales 12 months, surpassed solely by 2015, the 12 months of its launch.
That delayed gross sales enhance was little question pushed by the launch of the sport on the Nintendo Change and the not-entirely-expected success of the Netflix collection, however it demonstrates each the worth of long-term dedication and CD Projekt’s willingness to hold in—though whether or not it may well keep that tenacious grip for a clunker like Cyberpunk in addition to it did for an enormous hit like The Witcher 3 is one thing that solely time will inform.
Regardless of all its troubles, Cyberpunk 2077 is a large gross sales success, promoting greater than 13 million copies on the energy of pre-release hype alone, so there may be positively motivation there to maintain at it. If CD Projekt may also flip it right into a sport that at the least approaches its preliminary promise, that’ll be an actual accomplishment.