After games journalist Jason Schreier reported on the crunch time in the development of Cyberpunk 2077, comments arose that this was not so at all and that it was not that bad. Now he was defending his story.
Actually, there shouldn't be a crunch phase in the development of the action RPG Cyberpunk 2077 give. But in order to be able to meet the release date on November 19, the managers at CD Projekt Red asked the team to work overtime after all. Gaming journalist Jason Schreier uncovered this, whereupon CD Projekt Red confirmed the extra work.
Is Crunch Really That Bad?
The reactions to this story were surprising. From the gaming community, Schreier countered the opinion that this wasn't that bad after all. Overtime would be a part of it and the employees would also get paid for it and participate in the profits that CD Projekt Red made by selling the game.
During the GameInformer Show it was even explained that the story of Jason Schreier and the staff of the developer studio behind Cyberpunk 2077 was not entirely correct (buy now € 58.19 ) would voluntarily work overtime. Then Jason Schreier spoke up again. He wrote on Twitter: "A GameInformer podcast recently hinted that my coverage of the crunch phase at Cyberpunk 2077 was wrong. It doesn't seem to matter that I interviewed nearly a dozen CDPR developers. Here's an E -Mail from studio manager Adam Badowski from June 2020, in which he apologizes to the partners of the developers for all the overtime. "
The email shows that overtime was announced even before June. Adam Badowski apologized to his employees and their families that there was such a long crunch phase and that this was now longer due to the postponement of the release date to November 19th.
Schreier continues: "A company that has a crunch culture is not automatically evil or malicious or a villain of the industry. But I have never seen so many people take so much on themselves to try to realize reality deny it or downplay it like they do with CD Projekt Red and Cyberpunk 2077. "
Jason Schreier is now also criticized for these statements. It seems like "crunch" is becoming something of a taboo subject again.
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