CD Projekt Red has responded to reports of Cyberpunk 2077 development issues

By Heidi Nicholas,
CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski has responded to reports that the Cyberpunk 2077 E3 demo was "almost entirely fake" and claims of other development issues with a statement.

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Badowski responded on Twitter to Jason Schreier, author of the Bloomberg report, which reported, among other things, that CDPR staff had known the game wouldn't be ready to release in 2020, and that the demo shown at E3 in 2018 "was almost entirely fake."

Badowski replied, "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... 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 the demo ever was." Badowski also addressed the notion that the game is missing features that were shown in the demo, saying, "that's part of the creation process. Features come and go as we see if they work or not."

Just last week, Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD Projekt Red, issued an apology for the console launch of Cyberpunk 2077, and Badowski reminds readers of this, saying CDPR has "owned up to" the issues with the game on old-gen consoles and are "working super hard to eliminate bugs... and we are proud of Cyberpunk 2077 as a game and artistic vision." He also responds to the idea that "most of the staff knew and openly said [the game] wouldn't be ready for release in 2020," saying, "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." Schreier has since responded in turn to say that "CD Projekt chose not to respond to specific questions or make Badowski available for an interview for our article, so it's interesting to see these comments arriving now." The Bloomberg article had also reported that some non-Polish CDPR employees felt "ostracized," due to other co-workers speaking in Polish in front of them, and Schreier says, "I do regret bringing up the language issue, since it's gotten a disproportionate amount of attention and is not a particularly big deal. Worth noting, however, what Badowski doesn't address: the brutal crunch and the unrealistic timeline."

According to CDPR's timeline, Cyberpunk 2077 will continue to get both large and small patches and updates as the team's "plans for supporting Cyberpunk in the long term did not change." The game will also get a free next-gen update, in the latter half of this year.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!