CD PROJEKT RED Head of Studio Adam Badowski quickly responds to some of the major points of criticisms in Bloomberg’s “Inside Cyberpunk 2077’s Disastrous Rollout” report.
After a controversial and disappointing release of Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier posted an insider report to share what the problems were during the game’s development.
Adam Badowski, CDPR’s Head of Studio, shared his thoughts on Twitter, answering three key points that were highlighted in the report. His statement reads:
Fans and journalists were wowed by Cyberpunk 2077’s ambition and scale. What they didn’t know was that the demo was almost entirely fake.
Badowski: It’s hard for a trade show game demo not to be a test of vision or vertical slice two years before the game ships, but that doesn’t mean it’s fake. Compare the demo with the game. Look at the Dumdum scene or the car chase, or the many other things. What the people reading your article may not know is that games are not made in a linear fashion and start looking like the final product only a few months before launch. If you look at that demo now, it’s different yes, but that’s what the “work in progress” watermark is for. Our final game looks and plays way better than what that demo ever was.
As for ‘missing’ features, that’s part of the creation process. Features come and go as we see if they work or not. Also, car ambushes exist in the final game almost verbatim to what we showed in the demo. And if we get a bit more granular about our release, the vision we presented in this demo evolved into something that got multiple 9/10s and 10/10s on PC from many renown gaming outlets in the world.
As for the old-gen consoles, yes that is another case, but we’ve owned up to that and are working super hard to eliminate bugs (on PC, too —we know that’s not a perfect version either) and we are proud of Cyberpunk 2077 as a game and artistic vision. This all is not what I’d call disastrous.
Most of the CD PROJEKT RED staff knew and openly said it wouldn’t be ready for release in 2020.
Badowski: You’ve talked with 20 people, some being ex employees, only 1 of whom is not anonymous. I wouldn’t call that ‘most’ of the over 500-people staff openly said what you claim.
A few non-Polish staffers shared stories about coworkers using Polish in front of them, which violated company rules. Made them feel ostracized, they said… were their coworkers talking shit about them?
Badowski: Everyone here speaks English during meetings, every company-wide email and announcement is in English — all that is mandatory. Rule of thumb is to switch to English when there’s a person not speaking a given language in a casual conversation.
It is, however, pretty normal for Germans speaking German, Poles speaking Polish, Spaniards speaking Spanish etc. (there are 44 nationalities at the studio, you get the point) when there’s no one else around. We are working in a multicultural environment.
If the question is if it’s hard to move to another country, sometimes culture, and work and live there, then the answer is yes. But that’s universal to every company all over the world, and we’re doing what we can to ease that transition.
CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński even posted a video recently, apologizing for the poor release of Cyberpunk on last-gen consoles. And CDPR promised future updates coming in early 2021, which is supposed to fix most of the issues that players are facing on these consoles.