This may come as a shock to the reader, but the release of Cyberpunk 2077 last Winter was a disaster that CD Projekt Red spent months attempting to fix with bug fixes and updates. The company has released patches for each month since the game’s launch that helped to address hundreds of issues that would help make the gameplay experience more playable for those that hadn’t already got their full refund. Due to the failed launch of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red received multiple class action lawsuits from investors, and their stock plummeted.
There have been many headlines and news articles detailing all of the gross mismanagement behind Cyberpunk 2077’s launch, and now CD Projekt Red is making news with a restructuring plan for the company.
In this lengthy virtual talk for investors (how exciting), CD Projekt Red President Adam Kicinski revealed that the company plans on increasing production throughout in order to develop multiple AAA games and expansions in parallel with the initiative called “Red 2.0.” CD Projekt Red hopes to secure the quality of their upcoming AAA content by adding a team of cross-project experts, scaling up the talent pool, centralizing the REDengine, and sustaining a caring work environment for employees.
Without explicitly saying it, the video announces future Cyberpunk and Witcher games by stating that both IPs will be developed at the same time using the Red 2.0 model. But before that gets kick-started, CD Projekt Red’s top priority is still providing Cyberpunk 2077 with the proper patches and updates. The planned standalone Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer game has now been reconsidered, and there is no word as to when expansions for the game will be coming out. The focus on fixing the game has significantly pushed back its DLC release schedule and the Senior VP of Business Development Michal Nowakowski has stated that he would “rather not comment on the timing” as of right now.
Nowakowski also mentioned in a separate Q&A with investors that he believes that the recent patches for Cyberpunk 2077 have gotten the game closer to a return to the PlayStation Network Store. “We do believe we’re closer than further,” he said, “but of course, the final call is theirs (Sony), so let’s wait and see.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: CD Projekt Red messed up big time with Cyberpunk 2077’s shoddy release. However, they’re making a serious effort to atone for their mistakes, going so far as to say that they would give players refunds with money from their own pockets. So, investors, give CD Projekt Red a helping hand. No matter what happens, they’re still the people who made The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Hopefully, their reorganized studio embraces that spirit.