The Developer Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight
Cyberpunk 2077 will go down in history, for a lot of reasons. No game has ever been that anticipated and turned out to be that glitchy. True, there have been some games that were released broken – like Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness or Aliens: Colonial Marines, but Cyberpunk 2077 stands out because of how good the game could have been. True, there’s still potential there, especially once the bugs are worked out, but given the number of times the game was delayed for polishing purposes, the fact that the game is so graphically unsound and glitchy on the PS4 or Xbox One came as a hard blow.
Sure, it’s hard to expect a seven-year-old console to play games as well as the latest tech, but considering games like The Last of Us: Part 2 or Ghost of Tsushima played so well on the PS4, it came as a bitter pill for people expecting the same.
Some of those upset with the state of the game are investors, who have launched a class-action lawsuit against developer CD Projekt Red, claiming they were misled about the state of the game. Sony and Microsoft have made the unprecedented move to offer refunds to players which has not only decreased the profit margin for investors but potentially soured relations between the developer and both Sony and Microsoft for years to come.
CD Projekt Red, however, are going down swinging, and confirmed in a statement that they will defend themselves “vigorously against any such claims.” Considering that they refused to give reviewers permission to use footage from consoles and withheld information prior to launch, it’s clear that the developer did mislead fans and investors about the state of the game, so it’ll be interesting to see how they plan to defend themselves. While it’s true that there were extenuating circumstances, such as pressure to release the game, it’s worth noting that the court’s job is to decide whether they did mislead customers – not whether the intent was malicious or the misleading information justified.
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