Cyberpunk 2077 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games in 2020, and unfortunately "waiting" is the right word here: As we know since yesterday, the release was postponed 5 months, deep into September 2020. How do the fans react? Friendlier than I thought.
If we look at the postponed release of Cyberpunk 2077 from a professional perspective, we can only say: OK then. Because there are already unfinished games on the market, as well as Day 1 patches, which with a knife and several gigabytes are just waiting to hit you in the back immediately after purchase. According to the developer CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077 is completely finished, but still needs its well-deserved finishing touches. And the fans also treat the game, who react pleasantly benevolently to the delay:
A reminder for y’all pic.twitter.com/ZqNCm2UovQ
– harCharlotte🐮 (@MatchaLottie) January 16, 2020
Well, I'd prefer that your employees get the time that they need to work on a game in relative comfort rather than have to crunch and be miserable.
Assuming the world’s still here in September, we’ll all be able to enjoy a better game that’s developed ethically.
– 🏳️⚧️ VƎX is Trans 🏳️⚧️ (@vexwerewolf) January 16, 2020
"Well, I would prefer when your employees get the time they needto work reasonably comfortably on a game instead of working overtime and feeling miserable. ”
100% best decision! We’d rather wait a little longer for an amazing and polished game experience because we trust you to deliver that! Don’t give in to pressure, if it’s amazing everybody will buy it, if it releases buggy everybody will bitch. ♥ ️ ♥ ️ ♥ ️
– Jorunn Star Citizen (@Jorunn_SC) January 16, 2020
"100% the right decision! We'd rather wait a little longer for a wonderful and flawless gaming experience because we trust you will deliver! Don't give in to the pressure; if it's good, everyone will want to buy it, but if there are bugs, everyone will get upset. "
Despite delay, overtime at Cyberpunk 2077
As already mentioned in the tweet above, the postponed release also enables developers to have a stress-free time – However, CD Projekt Red cannot do without crunch and overtime, In one recent press call the Cyberpunk 2077 studio was asked whether the employees have to crunch despite the new release date, CD Project Red President Adam Kiciński replied as follows:
“To a certain extent, yes – to be completely honest. We try to contain crunch times as much as possible, but it is the final stage of development. We try to be reasonable about this, but yes. Unfortunately."
Even if CD Projekt Red has to be honest, it shows exactly how much still has to change in the game industry. No game is worth letting an employee work a lot of overtime – and maybe even making them sick. We already have one detailed article about crunch spoken at KotOR, Dragon Age 4 and Anthem,
Things we already know:
Even if most CD Projekt Red players forgive the delay in their release, some of them are of course disappointed. Some have Vacation taken in Aprilthat they can no longer rebook – and others think they are Simply rudethat the studio doesn't even apologize.
Can you live with the new release date? For my part, I think waiting a few months longer is fine if the result afterwards is worth its full price. It's just a shame that CD Projekt Red still doesn't make it through development without overtime.