CD Projekt Red has commented on the work culture within the company. According to sources from several journalists, there was a lot of overtime to get the game finished and some even had to run 100-hour working weeks, but the developer himself does not think it is all that bad. The Polish developer has posted a transcript of a call with investors on their website. In it, Adam Kiciński of CD Projekt Red said: “Speaking of crunch, it’s actually not that bad. It never was. Of course the story has been picked up by the media and some people have been crunching heavily, but a lot of it. team hasn’t had any crunch at all because their work is done. Obviously it will take longer now, but we have feedback from the team, they are happy with the three extra weeks, so we don’t see any dangers around crunch. “
Another noteworthy fact from the meeting: the recent three-week delay for Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be due to the versions for the current generation. The versions for PC, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are ready to release on the November 19 release date. “But while the game has been certified on both current consoles by Sony and Microsoft, some final optimization processes require a little extra time for such a massive and complex game.”
Kiciński admits that CD Projekt Red has underestimated the time it takes to create so many different versions of a game. “Although we only release on PC and two console brands, we are actually preparing nine versions of the game. PC, Xbox One, Xbox One X, PS4, PS4 Pro, compatible releases on Xbox Series S and Series X, compatible release on PS5 … and Stadia. ”
Also in the answers to questions, Kiciński indicates that the game could have been released on November 19, but that they still opted for the postponement. “We believe that with these extra three weeks we can complete more things satisfactorily. It’s just about technical stuff at the very last stage. Our confidence is greater now than ever – we have the game and can play it.”
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on December 10 for Xbox, PlayStation, PC and Stadia. Although the game can also be played on the next-gen consoles via backwards compatibility, a real next-gen update will not be released until 2021.