CD Projekt Red issues a response to negative employee feedback
Polish game developer CD Projekt Red, the studio behind games like the popular Witcher RPG series as well as the DRM-free digital games storefront GoG.com, recently drew some negative attention when a slew of unfavorable employee reviews recently showed up on the anonymous company review website Glassdoor, prompting the company to issue a formal statement on the matter.
In a recent letter which CD Projekt Red posted on its Twitter account, the company’s co-founder Marcin Iwinski and studio head Adam Badowski explained how the studio virtually doubled in size, going from roughly 200 employees to over 400 during development of The Witcher 3. Due to the studio’s increased size, some amount of turnover is expected, and with turnover comes disgruntled ex-employees. The letter also explained that CD Project Red has a unique way of doing things, something which naturally won’t mesh up nicely with every employee’s personal style or tastes:
“The approach to making games is not for everyone. It often requires a conscious effort to ‘reinvent the wheel’ — even if you personally think it already works like a charm. But you know what? We believe reinventing that wheel every friggin’ time is what makes a better game.”
Meanwhile CD Project Red is still working on its upcoming sci-fi game Cyberpunk 2077, a game which has been in development for several years now. The letter was also meant to assure fans that development on the game is still progressing, even in the wake of company turnover and negative Glassdoor reviews.