Developers point out Cyberpunk 2077’s disastrous launch due to delays

Developers point out Cyberpunk 2077’s disastrous launch due to delays

Developers point out Cyberpunk 2077’s disastrous launch due to delays

Developers have learned from the infamous launch of CDPR’s sci-fi RPG.

Cyberpunk 2077’s troubled launch has been called “an industry-wide wake-up call” for justifying game delays. According to developers, many have decided not to repeat CD Project Red and EA’s mistakes with Battlefield 2042.

The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 in 2020 has become infamous, with an unfinished game that probably belonged more to a museum that hit shelves and digital stores before it was completely ready. Then, in 2021, Battlefield 2042 followed, and it didn’t reach new heights for the series as many had hoped. These are just a few examples cited by leading developers in the industry as a lesson to learn from. While it is still possible to meet deadlines, more and more developers are less willing to launch a title that is not yet ready.

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“We took one look at what happened to Cyberpunk 2077 and were like, ‘Yeah, we’re postponing this,'” an anonymous US game director told GamesIndustry. “CD Projekt is one of the most respected game studios in the world. And they released a game that was so broken that Sony pulled it from their own digital store. That’s unprecedented. That’s humiliating. We knew our game wasn’t in the best shape, maybe we can patch it up with a Day One update… but we saw Cyberpunk and decided it wasn’t worth the risk. I guess that was a wake-up call across the industry.”

Lately, we’ve seen Bethesda postpone Starfield until next year, shortly after the team worried that their space RPG could be the “next Cyberpunk”. The studio decided to move away from their original plan, despite boss Todd Howard previously saying they were “confident about the date” as the game was originally slated to launch later this year.


It seems CD Projekt Red has also learned its lesson, as the studio is in no rush with Cyberpunk 2077’s story DLC. According to what we know, the first expansion won’t arrive until 2023, as the team wants to “make sure that it is well made”.

It is clear that there are other important reasons for all the recent delays, including the effects of a pandemic and new remote working conditions. However, it’s hard to deny the impact the half-baked major releases of the past few years have made.

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