CD Projekt Red acknowledges Cyberpunk 2077 launch issues

CD Projekt Red owns up to the recent issues surround the release of Cyberpunk 2077 on last-gen systems.

CD Projekt Red (CDPR) recently acknowledged the issues which have plagued their recent release, Cyberpunk 2077, on last-gen consoles.

In a recent presentation to investors, Adam Kincinski, CDPR president and co-CEO, admitted that his team “underestimated the scale and complexity of the issues,” saying “[they] ignored the signals about the need for additional time to refine the game on the base last-gen consoles.”

CDPR released Cyberpunk 2077 on Dec. 10 and along with it came a number of issues, most of which include dips in frame-rate and unprocessed non-playable characters (NPC). While Cyberpunk 2077 seems to work just fine on PC, boasting nice visuals and explosive gameplay, Kincinski says the release on last-gen base consoles put the development team in a negative light.

“This caused the loss of gamers’ trust and the reputation that we’ve been building through a big part of our lives.”

Kincinski also said that more updates are on the way and “big updates” are coming in both January and February 2021. These updates are also said to address smaller issues as well. 

After the release of Cyberpunk 2077, gamers were able to return their digital copies via Microsoft and PlayStation platforms in exchange for a refund, which is authorized by CDPR given the situation. According to The Verge, however, the refund process has been anything but easy for customers. Its has also been said that select retailers are honoring refunds for Cyberpunk 2077 as well.

The State of Games was not given access to Cyberpunk 2077 prior to release (we tried) and CDPR was not offering approved outlets digital review copies for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Other outlets have reviewed the last-gen version, however, and they do not seem to be fans. IGN producer Destin Legarie reviewed the last-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 and did not enjoy his experience whatsoever.

In his review, Legarie said “It fails to hit even the lowest bar of technical quality one should expect even when playing on lower-end hardware” and ultimately gave it a 4 out of 10.

Last-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 are currently set to receive a free upgrade to current-gen systems, however, an official release date for that update has yet to be revealed.