Nobody in the gaming community at this point should be a stranger to the many controversies surrounding the quality of CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077. The futuristic RPG has been anticipated for release since its flashy teaser was released in 2013. The added delays to the game’s release only snowballed further anticipation for it. On its release day, Cyberpunk 2077 managed to sell over 13 million copies across all hardware platforms.
Cyberpunk 2077 broke several records on its launch day and even had an impressive number of concurrent players on Steam. But then users started playing the game and began to wonder why it didn’t get delayed even more. The copious reports of bugs and glitches with the game prompted CD Projekt Red to give a written apology to the fans and offer refunds for players on last-gen consoles, which is where a majority of the issues were being experienced.
Sony followed up giving players a full refund for anyone who purchased the game from the Playstation Store and went so far as to remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the store completely. Not long after the talks of mass refunds, CD Projekt Red then got slapped in the face with a class action lawsuit by investors for misleading them about the performance of the game.
Players rightfully became impatient with the roll-out of updates required to fix up the gameplay experience for Cyberpunk 2077 and started abandoning the game altogether. After breaking Steam records on launch day, now Steam players are leaving the game in droves. So far 75% gave up on their Night City adventures and the numbers are continuing in a steady decline. Outside of performance issues, players may have already beaten the game but dropped it knowing that CD Projekt Red will be working on fixes for months instead of newer content for the game.
Interest in the game has a chance of spiking back up again once it gets released on next-gen consoles, which should give it proper visual performance. Although it will be challenging for CD Projekt Red to get over the hump of their damaged reputation, the reviews of the game which focus less on the glitches are mostly positive. It shows there really is an excellent game nested inside of what is experienced by most as a buggy mess. Maybe one day the game will achieve the proper attention it was expected to get, but for now gamers are getting bored waiting for that day.