Cyberpunk 2077's Launch

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"Wake the fuck up, samurai. We got a city to render."

"Today, we're taking a look at Cyberpunk 2077, the most hyped video game I've ever seen. The hype for this game would have you believe that it was going to change gaming forever... The hype for this game was an absolute curse for the final product no matter what CD Projekt Red delivered, it could be the best video game ever made, it was still going to disappoint people who put these incredible, unrealistic expectations on it. But now, the game is finally out and the question begs to be asked: Does it live up to the hype? Has gaming truly evolved?... The answer is "no", this game never stood a chance at reaching these expectations."

Crit1kal, summarizing Cyberpunk 2077's massive hype


On December 10, 2020, after a troubled 8-year production cycle and several delays, Cyberpunk 2077, an action role-playing game developed and published by CD Projekt, was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. The game received generally positive reviews from critics, but mixed-to-negative reviews from users. However, one thing that critics and gamers agreed on is that the game was released in an unfinished state, which caused the game to be filled with massive amount of bugs and glitches, especially on the base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. The fact that the game was extremely hyped before release has made the reception from the gaming community much worse. Many reviewers and journalists has cited three factors which lead into the rocky launch of the game; management problem, crunching, and Christmas rush.

Early development

Cyberpunk 2077 was announced in May 2012 and a teaser trailer was released in January 2013. However, the development of the game was on hold due to lack of manpower and began on May 2016 after CD Projekt Red, CD Projekt's main development studio had finished their work on the Blood and Wine expansion for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. They began upgrading their REDengine 3 to complement the game. CD Projekt Red was also granted subventions of US$7 million by the Polish government to aid the development.[1]

In 2018, CD Projekt released several teasers and promotional development details on Cyberpunk 2077. According to CD Projekt Red, they partnered with Digital Scapes to craft additional tools, Nvidia to achieve ray tracing in real-time, QLOC for quality assurance, and Jali Research to procedurally generate the lip-sync for all ten localizations. By August 2018, the story was fully realised and could facilitate a complete playthrough. The content was nearly complete in mid-2019, with the rest of development focused largely on polishing.

Delays, COVID-19, and hype build-up

Thanks to the marketing team of CD Projekt, Cyberpunk 2077 has gained the attention of the gaming community. With CD Projekt has released several trailers that shown various features and advertising the game as the "next-gen open world experience". The trailer has shown several in-game contents that were not in the final game, such as interactive NPCs, dynamic envioment, and much more.

Even before the release of the game, Cyberpunk 2077 won over hundred of awards, such as the best game, the best RPG, the best PC game, and people's choices award from IGN[2]. After E3 2019's third trailer which revealed Keanu Reeves as one of the main cast in the game, the game has become to one of the most discussed and hyped game by the gaming industry. During the final phase of developments, CD Projekt decided to cash-in on the hype train by releasing several merchandise and media franchise before the game release. Including but not limited to; a Funko Pop figures[3], a card game[4], an anime series on Netflix[5], a smartphone[6], and even sneakers[7].

At E3 2019, the third trailer set it up for a April 16, 2020 release. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CD Projekt Red's staff started working at home[8], causing a halt in localisation[9] and causing the game to be delayed to September 17, 2020.

Despite the studio's disavowal of mandatory overtime in May and June 2019, "crunch time" was implemented in the final weeks of the development[10]. The crunch happened due to resource management problem during COVID-19 pandemic which were caused the game's release date to be delayed again to November 12, and finally to December 10. Due to the aforementioned overwhelming hype, after CD Projekt has delayed the game for the final time, a handful amount of people has expressed their outrage to the delay, and some would have go as far as sent death threats to CD Projekt's staffs.

Roughly before the final launch date in December 10, a leak from a physical copy of Cyberpunk 2077 revealed that the game suffered from several bug and glitches.

Launching disasters, backlash, and CD Projekt's attempted recovery

Immediately after the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, many players reported several performance issues of the game such as poor optimization and various bugs and glitches, and also cited about various missing features in the game. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are reported to suffer from much more terrible optimization problems, namely awful texture and model rendering, poor in-game physics, downgraded graphics, game-breaking bugs, and massive amount of technical issues[11].

A few hours after the game's release, CD Projekt released a 58 GB day-one patch to fix various technical issues on the PC version of the game. However, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were left largely untouched.

Prior the release, concern has arose due to CD Projekt's strict review embargo terms did not allow reviewers to use recorded gameplay in their reviews if they wished to publish the review prior to the release date of the game, and also over the fact reviews were only based on the PC version of the game. As a result, this eroded trust from some consumers[12]. After the news about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions' terrible performances, many users and critics has suspected CD Projekt for media manipulation and review rigging, and speculate that the game's rocky launch was due to it was being rushed for Christmas and for a tie-in with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X's launch. This, combined with an overwhelming hype prior the release of the game, has created a huge backlash on CD Projekt.

Five days after the releases, CD Projekt has issued an apology statement regarding the terrible launch of the game, and also issued a refund for the PlayStation 4's and Xbox One's physical releases. Because of the how broken the game is, Sony removed the game from the PlayStation Store on December 17, 2020, and offered full refunds for those who purchased the game from said store.

Despite mixed-to-positive feedback, Cyberpunk 2077 was a massive commercial success, with over one million copies being sold during the first few hours of the game's release. Although this has raised a concern to the gaming community, as the game's success might have normalize the "release it now, fix it later" trend of the AAA titles.

However, due to trust issues with the fanbase and community, along with another controversy regarding the removal of Devotion from GOG Store due to Chinese pressure that were happened within a week after the launch, CD Projekt's stock values suffered a drastic drop by over 25%. If that wasn't enough bad luck for the company, investors and law firms are readying up a lawsuit over their deceptions of the final products.

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SpazJR61

2 months ago
Score 3
The Crackdown 3 of 2020's but it's actually a good game.
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NeedsMoreJPEG

2 months ago
Score 4
The image looks like if Polygon Lara Croft had a baby with PS1 Hagrid
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RaymesisEvil

2 months ago
Score 1
or Superman 64
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Glitchedblood

2 months ago
Score 4
The launch kind of reminds me of Rehydrated’s launch.
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Zeephare

2 months ago
Score 4
I don't think so. There is nothing to compare the launch of Rehydrated with Cyberpunk 2077, not to mention No Man's Sky.
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Glitchedblood

2 months ago
Score 3
Both suffered from very rocky starts.
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NeedsMoreJPEG

2 months ago
Score 0
For me it reminds me of LittleBigPlanet 3’s launch and Avengers 2020. LBP3 had a horrible launch filled with glitches, profile corruption, long load times, and Avengers 2020 was overhyped until when it launched, people found out it was dogshit.
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Ivan97Miraheze

2 months ago
Score -3

Thank goodness I bought this game on PC, as I don't have an Xbox One nor a PlayStation 4.

I think that, despite Cyberpunk 2077's shoddy launch, especially on consoles, CD Projekt will try to redeem themselves. I'm sure they have plenty of ideas for expanding the game in the next few years.
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Xavior 0.10

2 months ago
Score -2
Why? They always had a good track record, and its still a great game story and gameplay wise, even if its broken on console
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Skyrish10

2 months ago
Score 4
This could be the next Fallout 76.
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Ivan97Miraheze

2 months ago
Score 8
More like the next No Man's Sky.
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Zeephare

2 months ago
Score 4
Fallout 76 was bad from scratch, especially the outdated engine contributed to the quality of the game.
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TheMan

2 months ago
Score 2
If the game itself is bad, that means AVGN will review it in the year 2077
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Zeephare

2 months ago
Score -1
It isn't. The 8th gen. console versions are.
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BobsBurgers

15 days ago
Score 1
No, the game itself is bad.
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Xavior 0.10

2 months ago
Score 1
This is a PC elitist's dream turned reality (Gamers and even critics praising the game on PC while slamming the console ports.)
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DNIguy64

2 months ago
Score 1
I'm still getting this game for Christmas belive it or not since...well i pity the consoles (i should know, I have a ps4) and I belive in the release it now, fix later mentallity...but no offense, but if this game wins, the mentality will worsen
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ItMeansNothing

2 months ago
Score 4
I can already see the game on Crappy Games Wiki as a whole, tbh.
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HinD

2 months ago
Score 4

This game really deserves to be here.

Even the PC version is terribly optimized and has a lot of bugs.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

2 months ago
Score 1

PS4: The Cyberpunk 2077 is now installed and patched.

  • Loads up the game.

Cyberpunk 2077: Loads... The game lags constanly, giltches txeutres, brakes teh skaibxo, ti pixisics nand 01010111110101011101010110101010010101010101010101010.

  • The game freezes.

PS4: Im sorry, the game crashed, you need to reinstall or deleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  • Bricks PS4 and cannot turn on anymore.
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SpazJR61

2 months ago
Score 1
GTA Vice City Cyberpunk 2077 mod looking good.
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Glitchedblood

2 months ago
Score 3
Jesus, this thing is more unstable than some isos on my PCXS2 emulator!
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

2 months ago
Score 0
Even my Intel core i5-3330 3.00GHz/4GB Ram/Geforce 210 PC runs GTA San Andreas on PCSX2 and GTA V way better than some mid-end PCs.
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LA2002

2 months ago
Score 0
Not even Keanu Reeves could save this trainwreck.
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Master Chief

2 months ago
Score 1
Middle School Flash game projects are more stable than this!
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ThereIsNoUsername

2 months ago
Score 8
Did we not learn our lesson with No Man Sky, Sonic 06, and Fallout 76?
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HinD

2 months ago
Score 3

People preordered and overhyped it just for two reasons:

  • Keanu Reeves
  • CDPR
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ChocolateHamburger

one month ago
Score 1
There has been comparisons to CP2077 to S0nic6
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Paprika

2 months ago
Score 2
Cyberpunk just got removed from PSN by Sony. Color me what you want but honestly if Sony and other publishers don't put their foot down like this more then third parties will keep at it with their "ship now, fix later" mentality.
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+never4ever+

2 months ago
Score 5
And this is the reason I'll never buy a new game on Day 1. You think people have learned about the trend of "buy the game now-we'll fix it later" but history repeats itself.
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Latiro

2 months ago
Score 1
Why haven't I heard Microsoft pulling the game from its Xbox Store and issue refunds to those that bought it from there? I hope they do so just like how Sony did.
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HinD

2 months ago
Score 2

Was this supposed to be the GOTY of 2021?

The worst part of all is that the CDPR fanboys are defending to death all of the game's flaws just because it's CDPR.
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RaichuBoy1

2 months ago
Score 1
Damn, this game is a mess
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MRYEETFLAM

2 months ago
Score 4

"in 2020, They voted my game the worst experience to play in the world. Main issues, Shy High rates of glitches, and more people complaining below youtube than anywhere else"

Cyberpunk 2077 trailer
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SniperJoey

2 months ago
Score 0
Maybe, I should wait for a huge patch to fix every but some of the larger amount of issues it has?
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Wo1ol 0

9 days ago
Score 0
Considering all of the missing features that were promised, a patch won't fix that so you may as well just not buy it.
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Bradyreino

2 months ago
Score 1
Cyberpunk 2077? More like Crackdown 3 in 2077.
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Sofaking we todd it

one month ago
Score 6
People are actually defending CD Projekt for falsely advertising Cyberpunk 2077 works on the PS4 and Xbox One. They need to take accountability for their actions and I think that Sony and Microsoft are doing the right thing by offering refunds for this mess.
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Sedgwick2K

one month ago
Score 0
Their mind probably got blown when they saw Keanu Reeves in the game.
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SpazJR61

one month ago
Score 4


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SpazJR61

one month ago
Score 4




N E X T G E N E X P E R I E N C E
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HunterZolomon

one month ago
Score 0
I played it on Day 1. They really need to fix this
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TerWebz

one month ago
Score 3
They brought Crowbcat back from the dead.
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BlakeIsHere458

one month ago
Score 0
I hate this game even more than Among Us!
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Zeephare

one month ago
Score 0
I understand hating this game due to its shitty state, but why Among Us? Becuase it's a viral, which bombarded with popularity two years after its debut?
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SpazJR61

one month ago
Score 0
Or because of the fanbase and the memes?
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YukariWayne

one month ago
Score 0
I would watch Akira and Ghost in the Shell instead
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YukariWayne

one month ago
Score 0
Skyrim fans are laughing now
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MysteriousEdits

one month ago
Score 0
Do you think CD Projekt's gonna end up on this wiki?
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Zeephare

one month ago
Score 0
Have you enough reasons for them being here (excluding AGW's bad qualities, releasing an unfinished game, and false advertising)?
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AgentLocke

one month ago
Score 0

This game did something. It made Sony actually give out refunds.

Usually if you didn't like the game Sony would tell you sorry you can't refund this game.
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ZebraTerabyte

one month ago
Score 0
Maybe the real Cyberpunk 2077 was the friends we made along the way.
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MysteriousEdits

20 days ago
Score 0
Wake the f*ck up, SquarePants. We got a sage to burn.
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BobsBurgers

15 days ago
Score 1
When this game ends up on here, I'll remove Act Man's actual review of the game from here and put it on that page.

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