The highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077 was released in December 2020 after years of development, but it wasn’t without drama. Recently, developers at CD Projekt Red have admitted to using controversial development practices in the making of the game.
In an interview with Kotaku, former and current staff members confessed that the company lied to the public about the state of the game’s development and had been crunching, or working overtime for extended periods of time, for over a year. This news contradicts the studio’s previous claims that they would not enforce crunch for the game’s development.
The controversy surrounding the game doesn’t end there. Players across all platforms have reported bugs and glitches, with the console versions of the game being particularly problematic. So much so, that Sony and Microsoft have issued refunds for players who purchased the game on their consoles, an unprecedented move.
The revelations from the developers have caused outrage among fans and industry professionals, prompting a debate about the industry’s working conditions and transparency with consumers. CD Projekt Red has since issued a public apology and addressed the crunch issue, but the damage has already been done.
Cyberpunk 2077 has become a symbol of the growing issue of unethical and unsustainable practices in the video game industry. It remains to be seen if developers will heed the wake-up call and make changes, or if the industry will continue to prioritize profit over the wellbeing of their employees and consumers.