CD Projekt RED has gotten a lot of criticism on social media lately for their decision to commence crunch on Cyberpunk 2077 leading up to the game’s November 19th release date. In a recent report, we shared that CD Projekt RED has begun crunch on the title, despite promises not to do so earlier. We also highlighted the compensation the workers are getting and the Polish law that should hopefully protect CDPR’s staff from being overworked.
The situation might seem very black and white on the surface. And it almost seemed like CDPR was forcing its staff to work crunch on the game. However, a recent reveal by GameInformer, where they interviewed some of the developers paints a different story.
So what we’ve learned from this reveal is that the CDPR staff sat down and asked themselves an important question. Did they want to delay the game again, or work crunch to get it done on time. And you might be surprised to learn that the majority voted for working 6 day weeks on the game to get it done on time.
This is in very stark contrast to the picture that has been painted around CDPR as of late. And the situation is definitely more nuanced than bad capitalist CEO forcing its staff to work overtime to meet a deadline. Despite this reveal a lot of people are still holding on to that crunch is bad. Well, is it when the workers themselves have agreed to do it?
A Controversial Game
Cyberpunk 2077 has been a controversial game for years now. Whether it was rumors of microtransactions, or how the game portrays trans people. And this decision didn’t help. But we think it should be important to inform people. Most of the devs working on this game are committed to finishing it on time.
The game has now officially gone gold. So no matter what, it seems we are getting the game on time. So rather than lament the crunch that the staff willingly agreed to, we think it’s time to get hyped.
What are your opinions on this new information? Let us know in the comments!