Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

CD PROJECT RED says Cyberpunk 2077 'progressing'; Comments on employee reviews

CD PROJECT RED says Cyberpunk 2077 'progressing'; Comments on employee reviews

The need to address this concern, as pointed out by the company, comes from certain reviews left by former - or, ostensibly, current - employees on sites such as Glassdoor, painting CD Projekt Red in a negative light. Moreover, the team revealed that it has doubled its headcount since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and that it is still hiring.

CD Projekt RED is now developing a sci-fi RPG called Cyberpunk 2077, which is set to be their most ambitious game yet.

Judging from the tone of the letter, it seems like the response from CD Projekt Red boils down to "developing games might not be for everyone".

To ensure Cyberpunk 2077 felt authentic to its source material-the game is based on an old tabletop board game Cyberpunk 2020-CD Projekt RED hired Mike Pondsmith, the designer of the original board game, to help make the new ambitious open-world experience as genuine as possible.

"When we start down the road to creating something, we know the destination and we're sure of one thing: even if something feels impossible, it doesn't mean it is", the letter continues.

Reading behind the lines, this may explain some of the negative reviews on Glassdoor. "All I have to say here is that a lot - if not all - of these reviews below are fake". The statement also took aim at leaving staff, saying that, "this approach to making games is not for everyone", and that the studio's creative ambition means it has a culture of "reinventing the wheel every friggin" time'.The studio didn't expand on the accusations of low morale at the studio, and the statement, while mentioning rumours of low morale, doesn't state how it intends to deal with the problem. Instead, the comment, which you can read in full below, touches only on vague defenses of CD Projekt Red. But you know what?

"This approach to making games is not for everyone". Since then, we've nearly doubled the headcount and we're still hiring.

"Cyberpunk 2077 is progressing as planned", reads the statement. If you make games with a "close enough is good enough' attitude, you end up in a comfort zone". We are continuously working on making Red a good workplace for everyone, but we also have a set of values that constitutes who we are and how we do things.

Cyberpunk 2077 won't be released for a couple years, with PCGamesN suggesting a launch by June 2019. "But we are taking our time - in this case, silence is the cost of making a great game". It's what creates innovation and makes it possible for us to say we've worked really hard on something, and we think it's worth your hard-earned cash.

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