Cyberpunk 2077 had a failed start, but the game has improved significantly since then. However, CD Projekt will have to pay for the catastrophic launch, and the bill hurts the wallet.
Shortly after the crash launch of Cyberpunk 2077, whose console versions (especially PS4 and Xbox One) were perfectly unplayable, CD Projekt was taken to court by a group of investors dissatisfied with the results who accused the Polish studio of having lied to them. Two years later, the ax fell, CD Projekt will have to pay.
Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely very expensive
Some will say that we will rub the knife in the wound, but these are the facts. Cyberpunk 2077 was very expensive after the disaster that followed its launch. A lot of players asked for refunds, several thousand dollars had to be compensated and the game was even removed from the PS Store for a while. Even though the game sold extremely well, it is still excellent and now players are very happy with the recent PS5 patch and Xbox Series, Cyberpunk 2077 rocked CD Projekt and is going to cost them another arm.
Following the lawsuit launched in 2020 by a collective representing part of the investors, CD Projekt will therefore have to free itself of 1.85 million dollars to cover part of the damages. We are very far from the 11 million estimated by the collective, but it is already a sacred sum which will be used to cover the costs incurred for the trial and to reimburse part of the shares lost by the investors.
But CD Projekt is doing very well
At the time, CD Projekt had indeed been accused of having lied about the state of its game. We remember that at this time, the developers pointed the finger at a disastrous communication on the part of some of the leaders who would have sold the dream to the shareholders when internally, everyone knew that nothing was going well. The development of Cyberpunk 2077 was laborious, the release difficult and the aftermath very complicated, but CD Projekt has now recovered and is beginning to win back its fans.
Recently the studio rolled out two huge patches to Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, and also announced to us that the future of the two licenses was already mapped out for many years. The studio may have taken the lead in the wing, but it recovered. Maybe it’s time to move on now.