From RPG Perfectionist to Unfinished Promise

Cyberpunk 2077 is very different from what it was at launch, and it’s still not a title worth mentioning in golden words. When counting down all the issues the Polish studio has survived, it ranges from design decisions to final execution.

In a recent report, it was revealed that the company’s stock price is down almost 75% since the game was released. However, the damage caused by Cyberpunk 2077 goes far beyond the financial figures, which only appear not too promising.

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When the first promos were released, fans marveled at the ambitious CD Projekt Red that was playing. What would have been far-fetched for many studios seemed entirely doable as the studio had already built a solid reputation with the brilliance of The Witcher trilogy.

Expectations were high and the studio assured me the wait was worth it. It’s been a long turbulent period as there have been several delays, but fans haven’t given up hope. Unfortunately, despite a delayed release, the game couldn’t hold its own, which started at the start of CD Projekt Red’s downfall.


Cyberpunk 2077 rollout caused irreparable damage to CD Projekt Red

Recent news suggests that after launch, CD Projekt Red has lost 75% of its stock since that time. Business Insider Poland reported it, which doesn’t bode well for the studio.


Solid reputation created thanks to The Witcher saga

The studio was becoming the next big thing in Europe. Their ability to produce great RPGs made them fan favorites, as each of the three Witcher games competed in terms of brilliance. It wasn’t just the base games that were great. Even the expansions were notable and fans had high hopes for Cyberpunk 2077.

Very few projects seemed so adventurous, and the majority hoped that CD Projekt Red would produce something fantastic. Unfortunately, this turned into a case of over-promising and under-delivering. Some of the featured features sound too good to be true, and the developers might have made some mistakes in their planning at the very beginning.


Miserable exit following major delays

Even when one delay led to another, fans patiently waited until 2020. The premise was that CD Projekt Red would release the perfect product, but it was nothing like what was promised. Fans have been expecting a generational RPG that has been talked about for ages. While the game was being talked about, it was for all the wrong reasons.

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The number of bugs present at launch made Cyberpunk 2077 unplayable. Many bugs were completely game-changing and fans didn’t take it kindly. However, after nearly two years, the game has gradually improved from the state it was in at launch.

The next-gen upgrade delivered as promised and breathed new life into it. However, things eventually got better as the start was terrible. The stock numbers are a sign of that, as the company is now trading at 2017 valuations. It also lost its No. 1 spot as a Polish game studio after being overtaken by Techland.

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While finances have taken a hit, reputations have vanished as things stand. The studio has promised to expand the experience with upcoming DLCs, further improving the game. However, the industry at least hasn’t forgotten about the game’s poor launch, and it’s on a downward spiral.


Can CD Projekt Red recover?

Besides the futuristic RPG, CD Projekt Red is also working on the next-gen upgrade for The Witcher 3. While there’s a big chance the studio has it ready, it won’t be coming any time soon. DLCs ​​might boost some of the revenue, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll have the same effects as a big Cyberpunk 2077 launch.

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A brand new Witcher game will start a new saga. We don’t know when the game will be released, but it won’t be soon. CD Projekt Red will have to make do with a depressed market for now. However, future performance will determine if CD Projekt Red can regain its lost glory.


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Jack L. Goldstein