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Cyberpunk 2077: What Went Wrong According To CD Projekt Red

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Cyberpunk 2077 is once more in the spotlight, this time due to CD Projekt Red offering an explanation as to why the title launched in such a poor state, particularly on last-gen consoles. While the RPG's PC version predominantly received glowing reviews in the days ahead of release, the studio conspicuously held back console review codes. The reason became clear once launch day arrived; on PS4 and Xbox One, the title was little more than a broken mess, even with the day zero patch in tow.

CD Projekt Red and its latest product quickly became mired in controversy. A refund fiasco led to Sony delisting Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation Store. Review aggregation site OpenCritic accused CDPR of purposefully lying about the state of the game. And the last few weeks have seen the company faced with class-action lawsuits filed by its own investors. All the while, one core question continued to linger in the air. Where exactly did things go wrong? According to one studio executive, the blame falls solely on management.

Today, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński explained what went wrong in a five-minute video, accompanied by an FAQ. Early in the video, Iwiński acknowledges that blame falls on the studio's leadership, himself included. The scope of Cyberpunk 2077 is rather ambitious, he explained; myriad systems, custom objects, and mechanics must all work cohesively to ensure the game functions as intended. And it all must function in an expansive open-world. To achieve such a feat, CDPR first focused on making the title "look epic on PCs," before adjusting to consoles. While the task initially seemed doable, the team severely underestimated the work required. Improving Cyberpunk 2077's "in-game streaming system" for older hardware proved especially taxing. The process essentially feeds the game world with what's seen on-screen. "Since the city is so packed and the disk bandwidth of old-gen consoles is what it is, this is something that constantly challenged us," the FAQ noted.
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