External QA team allegedly misled CD Projekt Red on ‘Cyberpunk 2077’

Recent reports seem to highlight exactly what was wrong with the Cyberpunk 2077 quality assurance (QA) process, attributing issues with the game’s poor state at launch to issues with the external CD Projekt Red QA team used during development.

This information comes from the Upper Echelon Gamers YouTube channel and was later picked up by VGC. The channel received a “72-page QA test file” from Romania-based external QA firm Quantic Lab, along with “Quantic Lab HR documents” and workflow diagrams.

Cyberpunk 2077. Credit: CD Projekt RED

Upper Echelon Gamers states that it believes “the source is real”, stating “they have provided ample evidence to support this fact and have made serious statements about the quality of QA activities at Quantic Lab “.

According to the report, CD Projekt Red thought the QA team was made up of veterans, when in reality the project manager had only a year of experience under his belt. It is also alleged that Quantic Lab made “misrepresentations regarding the size of the team to obtain or extend contracts”. This included claims that the team had grown from 30 members to 60 in the summer of 2020 (the summer before the game launched), although it is claimed that these new members were all new and inexperienced recruits with only “weeks” of training.

QA testers were also supposed to report a quota of ten bugs a day, which led to CD Projekt Red being bombarded with a plethora of minor performance and visual issues, these distracting from breaking issues. more harmful games. Eventually, Quantic Lab was instructed to stop submitting “low priority bug findings and focus on bigger issues”, although “the damage had already been done and CD Projekt Red was already very unhappy”.

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077. Credit: CD Projekt RED

Finally, it was stated that senior management at Quantic Lab was blocking testers from mentioning that they had worked on the game in their portfolios for potential future projects. In response to this information, a spokesperson for CD Project Red stated that it “does not comment on rumours”.

NME asked Quantic Lab for a statement.

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Jack L. Goldstein