Released in 2020, the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 took the world by storm. With its viral marketing projects and the reputable studio behind it all, people were excited. They were anxiously awaiting September 17th 2020. And yet… On the day of release, there was a communal disappointed sigh. No matter the development delays, the game was released – as most agreed – unfinished. There were game-crashing bugs, texture errors and faults-a-plenty.
Considering the hype that the game had warranted after years of marketing, CD Projekt Red had brandished their own double edged sword. The fans wanted the game to be finished as soon as possible, developers knew that the game wasn’t ready for a 2020 release, but the hype they’d garnered would surely die out if they kept people waiting any longer. And so, the developers bit down and hoped that players could overlook the bugs and faults until they could fix them.
Hardcore fans certainly did, but those who’d put all their faith in CD Projekt were very disappointed. With many demanding a refund and more abandoning the game altogether. This fiasco lead to CD Projekt refunding nearly 30,000 copies of Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077’s journey of self-improvement
Since the release, developers clearly haven’t given up as quickly as some players did. Instead, they’ve been working hard on updating and smoothing out the general experience. Granted, they’ve already lost the loyalty of some fans, but it’s worth remembering games like No Man’s Sky. A game that had a similar experience to Cyberpunk 2077. It built up a reputation and a fanbase before it was even released. There were great expectations of the game but when it was finally released, it crashed. Millions of players who’d pre-purchased the game were sorely disappointed to see that developers had ‘lied’ about the experience.
And yet… Nowadays, after years of hard work and listening to community feedback, the game has transformed into something people had always wanted. Granted, selling an unfinished game is unforgiveable and can tarnish your reputation, but they hoped to at least build back their players’ trust by genuinely trying to change it into something better. This seems like the same road CD Projekt Red are taking. They may have lost the trust and love of many die-hard fans, but they’re working hard to build back that foundation. Something that can’t be said about even bigger and richer studios who turn their backs on projects that failed at launch.
A new generation for Cyberpunk 2077
Recently, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to next-gen consoles. They had plans to do this for a long time, but as with most of Red’s projects, this release was delayed. However, now they’ve promised that the next-gen release will come early next year. Not only that, but as will an assortment of improvements, updates and free DLC.
This has lead to a new – albeit cautious – wave of interest among fans. Those who’ve stuck by the game and those who left it to the wayside. A lot of people think that the next-gen consoles will be able to handle the game far better than the previous ones. And thus, there’s hope that it won’t be a glitchy mess. Not to mention, there’s been enough time and enough updates since its initial release that the game is far more playable.
At the very least, it’s worth being optimistic about this new development. To see whether CD Projekt Red can reclaim their fanbase’s trust and loyalty.
But for all Cyberpunk 2077 fans, keep an eye out for an official date the sooner we come to 2022.