Cyberpunk 2077: criticism of crunch politics

of Andreas Bertits
After the postponement of Cyberpunk 2077 to September, CD Projekt Red said that employees now have to work overtime. This crunch policy is now being criticized by the International Game Developers Association.

For the new release date of the action role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 The CD Projekt Red developer studio announced overtime for the employees to be able to comply. But that has now led to criticism.

Criticism of crunch time

"A studio as successful as CDPR can hopefully support a longer development cycle to reduce crunch," said Renee Gittins, executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). "Although they previously thought that their crunch times were not mandatory, the pressure of crunch is strong due to longer working hours and the need for employees to work at night and on weekends."

"Work-life balance is critical to the mental health of developers, and studios should consider the well-being of their employees when setting a new release date," continues Gittins. "The players have become more aware of the pressure on the game developers and understand the delayed releases better." According to Gittins, the games industry simply has to learn how to deal better with employees.

Cyberpunk 2077 (buy now for € 59.99) is scheduled for September 17, 2020 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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