It has been a mess for the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 and its many many failings on the last gen consoles especially leading to refunds and even the removal from the PlayStation store. This video from Co-Founder of CD Projekt Red Marcin Iwinski, is their attempt to take responsibility for it and trying to explain how the mess and state of the game will be addressed in 2021:
The video comes with the following statement:
here’s CD PROJEKT’s co-founder’s personal explanation of what the days leading up to the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 looked like, sharing the studio’s perspective on what happened with the game on old-generation consoles. For more details about the progress being made on Cyberpunk 2077’s further development, including information about updates and improvements, free DLCs, and more, please visit cyberpunk.net/ourcommitment
The Video confirms that the focus will be on fixing and stabilising the games with two patches, one for January and February of 2021 and that features such as the promised free DLC will only be worked on after the patching process has been completed. A roadmap was shown which pretty much moves any new content, including the upgrade for Xbox Series X/S and PS5 will now come in the 2nd half of 2021…which is a very, very long time for fans to wait for the fabled “best version” of this game.
This is an apology video just over a month too late with Cyberpunk 2077 released on December 10th 2020. The first part of the video is a lot of excuses, many of which are justified such as the Global Git Covid impacting development with the team working from home but again this focus on saying that trying to make the game, then failing to do so, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is quite frankly irritating to me. The game was announced before the Xbox One and PS4 even launched, it has been marketed since then, especially with Xbox Marketing, for “old generation consoles” so to blame them for the state of the game at launch is in my opinion….a bullshit excuse. Marcin attempting to make the community lay the blame on him and the board and not developers is again, too little too late and sense it was more for the impending law suits against the company than for the developers benefit.
I say this having spent 117 hours on my first playthrough, thankfully on an Xbox Series S and in that time I have fallen in love with the world of Night City and Cyberpunk 2077 with gameplay I had hoped the game would give me. But the experience has been tarnished by all the bugs, not all of which have been amusing and it has spoiled it for me to a degree ad now knowing its going to be potentially very late 2020 for the new generation upgrade as well means that as soon as I finish this playthrough (currently about to start final mission with all Levels maxed out and side activities completed) this game will be left to gather dust until then.
Whether this video will change the view of those who have been disappointed with the game till now is all subjective at this point, but this has been a right old mess and the reputation of CD Projekt Red is very much damaged, so much so that it will take a lot more than a cringey five minute video and promises of doing better, to make it right with fans.