One year on from the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, and the highly-anticipated game finally looks like it might actually have a bright future. CD Projekt Red has been rolling out as many patches as it possibly can and Cyberpunk has even received positive reviews from some of its players. Cyberpunk certainly isn't where CDPR and its players envisioned it would be one year in, but it's a darn sight better than it was this time 12 months ago.
CDPR has now drawn a line under another big Cyberpunk issue, or is at least in the process of doing so. Gamesindustry.biz reports the studio has reached a settlement with the investors who filed a lawsuit against it for the state of Cyberpunk at launch. CDPR will pay its investors $1.85 million, citing “duration and costs related to further legal proceedings in the US” as one of the reasons for settling.
Although a settlement has been reached, the lawsuit isn't over quite yet. It will take several months to complete at which point the suit can firmly be left in CDPR's past. The reason investors felt the need to take CDPR to court over Cyberpunk was due to the belief they were misled over the shape the game was in at launch. It was labeled as unplayable by some, with CDPR even admitting that the PS4 version of the game didn't get the focus it needed during development.
There would have been an incredibly tough decision to make for CDPR higher-ups in 2020. Whether to delay Cyberpunk again, almost a decade after it was originally announced, or launch it in an unfinished state. The studio opted for the latter, and in hindsight, that was the wrong path to take. Not only does CDPR find itself having to pay out almost $2 million to its investors, but the company also lost $1 billion over the Cyberpunk fiasco.
Problems stemming from the game launching before it was ready include being delisted from the PlayStation Store, and a large number of unhappy customers seeking out refunds. It seemed unlikely, perhaps even impossible that Cyberpunk could ever be on a road to remedption even as recently as a few months ago, but against all odds, that does appear to be slowly becoming the case.
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