CD Projekt Red is under ‘a healthy, extrinsic kind of pressure’ to deliver Cyberpunk 2077


In an interview with GameSpot, CD Projekt Red Krakow studio head John Mamais said that the team are working very hard to deliver Cyberpunk 2077 by its April 2020 release window. 

Announced six years ago, Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 2018 trailer had us all aflutter. Night City was described to be ‘the worst place to live in America’, yet we couldn’t wait to get our grubby mitts on it. Our feverish enthusiasm was justified, as the tidbits of information, images, and actual gameplay seemed to set up a grim and grimy RPG that would rival the developer’s other bleak but beautiful game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. A multiplayer mode was revealed last month as one of the three Cyberpunk 2077 projects in the pipeline. And, Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Google Stadia. There’s a lot to do, but there is still time for CD Projekt Red to deliver one of the most anticipated games of 2020. 

Mamais said that the teams at CD Projekt Red are putting the pedal to the metal right now, and pouring their all into development. ‘Everyone is working really hard right now because it’s a tight deadline for us; the game is really big and large-scope. We’re pushing it to the wall,’ he confirmed. ‘I guess the vibe in the office is there’s always a level of excitement there based on results that we get from going to conferences like this [PAX Aus] and seeing people really excited about the game.’ 

‘So that keeps the hype up but it also puts some pressure on, so that’s kind of the vibe. You’re in a vice, in a way, which takes its toll on the team but there is … a healthy, extrinsic kind of pressure to make [the team] really excel,’ Mamais continued, stressing that exceeding player expectations is the driving force of development. ‘It’s really important for the studio. We don’t want to fail at this,’ he added.

The description of a ‘vice’ and ‘healthy… pressure’ seem at odds to me, but Mamais explained that hard work pays off and that the studio is doing its best to keep the project under control. ‘You sacrifice some things to do that and be part of that. There are a lot of people who come into the industry that are fresh; they don’t really understand what it takes to do it,’ he elaborated. ‘So we get a lot of new guys coming in, and they go, “Oh god, this is like too much.” But then we have other guys come in from Rockstar Games, and they’re like, “This is not even crunch!”’

If Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t make its expected release window, the world will end. Earthquakes, tidal waves, and volcanic eruptions will crack the planet open like a chicken egg. Just kidding! That would be preposterous. What will actually happen is that Cyberpunk 2077 is just released a little later and that is totally fine, because people need extra time sometimes. 

Like Doom Eternal. That game was meant to come out in November, but ID Software announced that it’s been delayed to March 2020 in order to ‘deliver a gaming experience that is worth the wait.’ 

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release in April 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and will come to Google Stadia in the future.



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