CD Projekt Red boss apologizes for Cyberpunk 2077 launch, shares game roadmap
More than a month after the worldwide launch of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red is once again apologizing for the game’s disastrous arrival on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. While Cyberpunk 2077 seemed to play fine on PC (a version most journalists received prior to launch) and PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X via backward compatibility, the versions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were virtually unplayable for a lot of people. So much so that digital storefronts were giving refunds, and PlayStation even pulled the game from its digital store.
During the week of its release, CD Projekt Red apologized for the technical issues and promised that fixes were on the way. More than a month after launch and a number of incremental hotfixes along the way, CD Projekt Red co-founder and co-chief executive Marcin Iwinski has apologized in a 5-minute video.
In the apology, Iwinski admits they were focused on making everything right for the PC version of the game and not giving that same focus on the older console versions.
“You’ve trusted us and pre-ordered our game and despite good reviews on PC, the console version of Cyberpunk 2077 did not meet the quality standard we wanted it to meet,” Iwinski said. “I, and the entire leadership team, are deeply sorry for this and this video is me publicly owning up to that. Please don't fault any of our teams for what happened. They all are incredibly talented and hard-working.
“Myself and the board are the final decision-makers and it was our call to release the game,” he continued. “Although, believe me, we never ever intended for anything like this to happen. I assure you that we will do our best to regain your trust.”
Iwinski also detailed the challenges the development team was facing when making the game playable on older consoles and what the testing process was like. Iwinski said when they tested the game for older consoles, they didn’t experience the issues many players were facing. Of course, they were wrong. Iwinski says players should expect even more consistent and regular updates to the game.
“We have already released three hotfixes improving the game, but that’s just the beginning,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to fix the bugs and crashes gamers are experiencing across platforms. Please expect bigger and smaller patches on a regular basis. The first update will be dropping within 10 days and it will be followed by another, more significant one in the following weeks. We will of course continue to work on the game in future updates and improvements beyond that -- our big plans for supporting Cyberpunk in the long term did not change.
The planned DLC for the game will arrive after two big patches come to the game, which could be some time in the second or third quarter of 2021. Updated versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will come sometime in the second half of 2021. Check out the video statement in full below: