Cyberpunk 2077 – CD Projekt RED Studio Head Addresses Crunch

Adam Badowski says, "This is one of the hardest decisions I've had to make."

Posted By | On 30th, Sep. 2020

Cyberpunk 2077_V

CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 is out in less than seven weeks and the pressure is on. Despite the developer promising to avoid mandatory crunch for the title, Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier revealed that crunch is indeed happening for the final stretch (though several developers have also been working overtime for the past year). Studio head Adam Badowski has since responded to the report, noting that these “last six weeks are our final sprint on a project we’ve all spent much of our lives on. Something we care for deeply.”

Badowski says that the majority of the team “understands that push” especially with the game recently being sent for certification. “This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, but everyone is well compensated for every extra hour they put in.” In addition, he confirmed that like in recent years, 10 percent of the annual profit generated by the company this year would be “split directly among the team.”

The developer has had issues with crunch for quite a while now, dating back to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. When Cyberpunk 2077 was still slated to launch on April 16th this year, CD Projekt RED’s John Mamais admitted that the studio was “pushing it to the wall” to meet the tight deadline. Following its first delay to September 17th, CD Projekt joint CEO Adam Kicinski said that “some degree” of crunch was happening to prepare the game for launch. And then there was the delay to November, especially with the studio firmly committed to releasing it by then.

How the studio will continue to deal with crunch remains to be seen, especially with multiplayer, post-launch updates and expansions coming to Cyberpunk 2077 (not to mention next-gen versions planned for next year). In the meantime, the game is slated to release on November 19th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.


Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!

Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Black Myth: Wukong Receives Promising New Trailer Ahead of August Release

Black Myth: Wukong Receives Promising New Trailer Ahead of August Release

Game Science has released a new trailer for its upcoming Soulslike action RPG, offering further glimpses at co...

HBO’s The Last of Us Season 2 Will Reportedly Premiere in the First Half of 2025

HBO’s The Last of Us Season 2 Will Reportedly Premiere in the First Half of 2025

Though a second season of the acclaimed series is in production, an official premiere date is currently unknow...

Ghost of Tsushima is Sony’s Biggest Ever Single-Player Launch on Steam, Surpassing God of War

Ghost of Tsushima is Sony’s Biggest Ever Single-Player Launch on Steam, Surpassing God of War

The open world samurai epic hits a peak of 77,154 concurrent players on Steam, the highest any single-player S...

PS6 Graphics – Can it Approach Photorealism?

PS6 Graphics – Can it Approach Photorealism?

If the PS5 Pro leaks are accurate, the eventual PS6 is slated to be one powerful console. But if modern GPUs s...

Fortnite Announces Fallout Crossover

Fortnite Announces Fallout Crossover

Details are scarce, but Epic Games has confirmed that the battle royale title is getting a Fallout crossover.

Stellar Blade Update Teased for Next Week

Stellar Blade Update Teased for Next Week

"Get ready for next week," developer Shift Up says in a recently published tweet, though nothing else is revea...