Cyberpunk 2077 has been pelted with controversy ever since its launch. Before the game was released, the game was also delayed on three separate occasions. The game's developer, CD Projekt Red also made headlines after they reportedly have their employees to work overtime on the game.
The game was first announced in 2012. However, active development on the game did not actually begin until many years later. Although the game was announced in 2012, the development only began until much later.
Bloomberg reported that CD Projekt Red employees claimed that the development of the game did not start until late 2016. During that time, Adam Badowski became the director while the game undergoing a massive overhaul.
With CD Projekt Red's own admission, the final game product was not refined for last-gen consoles. Additionally, players reported that the game can lead to epileptic seizures, with many of them requesting CDPR to add a warning as a long-term fix for the issue. These problems were too much for some players, leading to disappointment. This led Sony and Microsoft to issue full refunds for those who requested them. Meanwhile, PlayStation pulled the game out of the PlayStation store.
CDPR Co-CEO Adam Kiciński said, "After 3 delays, we as the Management Board were too focused on releasing the game. We underestimated the scale and complexity of the issues, we ignored the signals about the need for additional time to refine the game on the base last-gen consoles. It was the wrong approach and against our business philosophy. On top of that, during the campaign, we showed the game mostly on PCs."
CDPR already issued several apologies since the game was released on December 10, 2020. The recent statement was last January 13, 2021, wherein it says, "We are committed to fixing bugs and crashes and will continue to work and improve the game via future updates to make sure you are enjoying the game regardless of the platform, We will use this space to inform you about the progress being made on Cyberpunk 2077's further development, including information about updates and improvements, free DLCs and more."
Cyberpunk 2077 is now available on Google Stadia, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.