Cyberpunk 2077 Studio Could Be Facing Possible Lawsuit
CD Projekt Red seems to be facing another major issue concerning Cyberpunk 2077: a possible class action lawsuit from those in Warsaw.
A new article from the New York Times features not only an intricate deep dive into Cyberpunk 2077‘s entire pre and post-launch saga, but quite the damning final paragraph. According to the piece, CD Projekt Red could be facing a major class action lawsuit:
The immediate future looks dark for Cyberpunk‘s makers — perhaps even darker than the future they built in Night City. Refund requests are pouring in by the thousands. Lawyers and investors in Warsaw are circling the situation, contemplating a class-action lawsuit against the company for potential criminal “misrepresentation in order to receive financial benefits,” according to a regulatory filing. Many gamers are swearing off playing Cyberpunk entirely until the company fixes all of the problems.
And this is the statement from said regulatory filing (translated with Google translate):
In connection with the recent events — and in particular the suspension of the sale of the Cyberpunk 2077 product, we are currently analyzing, together with the law firm’s team, the grounds for bringing a class action together with the notification of the possibility of committing a crime under Art. 286 of the Penal Code. — misrepresentation in order to obtain financial benefits.
The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 has been riddled with controversy and bugs, with the first update being introduced last week and fixed some issues. Now CD Projekt Red has pushed out the latest update, Update 1.05, for PlayStation and Xbox systems. PC players will be getting the update sometime soon. However, one of those issues seems to be something that not even the company can completely fix. Apparently Cyberpunk 2077 save files will corrupt and become unrecoverable if they reach 8MB in size, which comes from the GOG.com Support Center itself.
Alongside the bugs that plagued its launch, Liana Ruppert from GameInformer suffered a major seizure while playing the game. This was due to light patterns similar to those used by neurologists to help induce seizures in patients. It was also later noted that the game didn’t have a clear epilepsy warning at the start of gameplay, something which has now been remedied.
This same RPG has seen its share of other controversies even before launch with reports of transphobia, and crunch culture, as well as the studio also refusing to share information about the game’s accessibility. Read up on why we think CD Projekt Red should have confirmed Cyberpunk 2077′s accessibility options sooner.
According to a new report from the Bloomberg, executives at CD Projekt took responsibility for the buggy release of Cyberpunk 2077 and told staff that they will receive their full bonuses no matter how the game is reviewed. Previously, the developers were told they would receive extra pay based on the game’s aggregated critical performance represented by Metacritic.
Although Cyberpunk 2077 has more than made up its costs already, it seems that the founders of developer CD Projekt Red are still managing to lose money. A report released by Bloomberg yesterday found that the game’s glitches and rocky launch have cost the founders of CD Projekt Red over $1 billion. Over the course of the past week, the company’s stock has plummeted, although not to record lows.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently available for PC, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. As for PS4, retail copies are still around but Sony has removed the game from the PSN Store. Meanwhile the official Microsoft store features a statement warning players of performance issues until the Xbox One version is updated. The game is also playable on the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 thanks to backward compatibility. You can read our review of the game here: “Cyberpunk 2077 is a deeply conflicting game, one that you’ll end up loving but will also hate and feel profoundly disappointed by.”