The Development of Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

Whether you play video games or not, you will probably have heard of Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a video game with many stories surrounding it. Some great! Some… leaving the developers wishing they could jump to the year 2077 to avoid and forget them.

Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2020 and before. Set in a dystopian future, this enormous open-world RPG had a lot to live up to. Tying in with the release of next-gen consoles; it would take advantage of their next-level technological advancements, capabilities, and mechanics – such as raytracing. The pressure was now on for CD Projekt, the developers of Cyberpunk 2077, to make the game it was promised to be.

Cyberpunk 2077

8 years in the making!

Since first being announced over eight years ago, Cyberpunk 2077 has undoubtedly been a talking point across the video game community for quite some time. Over the years, its developers have learned and evolved to help implement the latest gaming mechanics to improve and make the game something like we’d never seen before. Similar games such as GTA V had already been in players’ hands for years. Games like these had update after update, feeding their imaginations as to what was possible within the gaming and, ultimately, what delights were next to arrive in the very near future!

After a long wait, the year 2020 arrived with the promise of new and improved gaming experiences as well as the long-awaited next generation in consoles. Cyberpunk 2077 was at the forefront of everyone’s mind. A game that was ready to pave the way for the next generation in gaming. Excited gamers everywhere had 16 April 2020 neatly circled on their calendars ready and waiting to play the highly anticipated title, but sadly, much to their surprise, this wasn’t to be.

An announcement from CD Projekt just days before told gamers they’d have to wait a few more months. Its new release date was now 17 September as the game wasn’t quite ready. This update from the developers was widely accepted as after such a long wait, no-one wanted an unfinished game.

Since the delay, news stories started to surface exclaiming how employees at CD Projekt and the developers of Cyberpunk were being overworked to get the game finished on time. This news seemed to have rung true as Cyberpunk 2077 was later delayed for a second time, bringing its new release date to 19 November. Gamers grew frustrated but were understanding because of the news. No game is worth someone’s health. Another year had almost passed with seemingly no end in sight as to when the game would be released.

But then, on the eve of Halloween of all times, CD Projekt gave gamers a final blow. The game was to be delayed again, for one final time. 10 December was now the official release date of Cyberpunk 2077, a full eight months after its initial release date. Of course, because of being led astray before, most were skeptical, taking to Twitter and other platforms to have their say. But on the day of the 10th, their long wait was over; Cyberpunk 2077 was set free into the world.

Cyberpunk 2077

What happened next…

Gamers everywhere waited patiently in their respective time zones for the game to become available to them. Newbies and elite streamers alike wanted to be the first to try out the “next generation” in gaming. With the recent release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, some gamers had the upper hand to experience Cyberpunk in all its rumored technological glory.

Cyberpunk 2077 was readily available at launch on all gaming platforms. Consoles, PCs, and even cloud gaming, giving everyone, everywhere (with £50) a chance to play.

With the game’s multiple release date fiasco behind it. CD Projekt was hoping to avoid what happened next… 

It’s fair to say that the released version of Cyberpunk 2077 was not in top technical shape. Streamers all over immediately started to report that the game was extremely buggy, crashing frequently, and was even unplayable at times! After years of waiting desperately patiently, this wasn’t what anyone could have imagined. 

Like before, and as you can expect, gamers everywhere quickly became frustrated and very unhappy; many of them demanded refunds from retailers. News stories across the internet reported problems about the game not running as advertised on older consoles (PS4, Xbox One), despite the developers saying it would work everywhere at launch.

Quickly after this news arose, CD Projekt made the decision to pull Cyberpunk 2077 from online console stores until the developers have said the game is fit for everyone to play.

However, despite all this unsavory news, Cyberpunk 2077 was a long time coming. During the year before it was officially launched, CD Projekt started its pre-order roll out of the game. 8 million enthusiastic gamers jumped at the chance to reserve a copy of the highly anticipated title, which, in turn, amounted to around $480 million in total sales before the game hit the shelves.

And now, even with the high level of refunds and scrutiny, and the news of the game being pulled from extremely important retail space, CD Projekt insists that Cyberpunk 2077 covered its development and marketing costs before it came out.

However, with big gains, come some unwanted losses. A lawsuit has recently been taken out against them saying; although CD Projekt has covered their costs, their investors have taken heavy monetary losses.

And so, unfortunately, the nightmare stories surrounding Cyberpunk 2077 continue.


What’s the future for Cyberpunk 2077?

It’s no secret that Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most talked-about games in 2020/21 and has made some of the biggest headlines of any game during a release for quite some time. Its story is one that keeps on giving for both good and not-so-good reasons.

But, with all that said, Cyberpunk 2077 is, for the most part, what the developers said it would be and more! And has the potential to become exactly what players expected it to be at launch. We are already seeing this now with CD Projekt, teasing free downloadable content enticing players to stick around for 2021 and onwards. 

With the evolution of next-gen gaming technology, online gaming, downloadable content, and so forth, it’s not hard to believe that Cyberpunk 2077 will surpass its nightmare launch and become a timeless classic that will help to pave the way for future games.

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