In order to be able to manage the release of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red will have to drive a 6-day week in the next few weeks. The promise to forego “crunch” entirely cannot be kept.
In a report by Bloomberg It is said that CD Projekt Red is working overtime for the developers in order to meet the release date for Cyberpunk 2077. CDPR boss Marcin Iwiński promised in May 2019that you will forego "crunch" when working on cyberpunk.
“Crunch” means more than a few hours of overtime, it describes them strong and often long-lasting extension of normal working hours. This often happens when a project is nearing its end and there is still a lot of work to be done before the release date. Apart from the high pressure and stress, it can also happen that the overtime is not paid.
But that is not the case with cyberpunk. According to Polish law who paid overtime. In an email from studio boss Adam Badowski, the new working hours say that the entire studio is working "The normal number of hours and one day on the weekend". So CDPR has to a 6-day week rearrange to meet the release date.
Badowski is aware that this procedure means a breach of the promise made last year and takes responsibility for it:
“I take the full backlash for this decision. I know this is the direct opposite of what we said about crunch. It's also the direct opposite of what I believed at the time – that crunch should never be the answer. But we have exhausted all other possibilities to manage this situation. "
With this decision, CDPR wants to keep the release date of Cyberpunk 2077 on November 19, 2020.