Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (North America); Bandai Namco (Europe)
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
Hopefully they can achieve that kind of polish without the crunch that allegedly characterized Red Dead’s development.
Open world games usually come with a lot of bugs and glitches. Bethesda’s games are legendary for this, as are Ubisoft’s. CD Projekt RED themselves launched a pretty buggy game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt three years ago, which they would then fix with post-launch patches.
But the standards of polish in open world titles have been raised since then. Nintrendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn showed us that polish and open world games are not mutually exclusive. And then earlier this year, Rockstar did the same when they released Red Dead Redemption 2, possibly the most ambitious game ever made, with a staggering amount of polish to boot.
That’s the level that CD Projekt RED wants to go for with its next game, Cyberpunk 2077. Speaking to brokerage house Vestor DM, CD Projekt RED revealed that they are working on getting as much polish in Cyberpunk 2077 as there was for Red Dead Redemption 2. Whether or not CD Projekt RED will be able to achieve that level, given the general state of bugginess of its previous title, or whether it can achieve this without the kind of excessive crunch that Rockstar allegedly imposed on its employees remains to be seen.
Cyberpunk 2077 will launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.