New Witcher is the latest CD Projekt Red game to promise no work issues

With yesterday’s announcement of the new CD Projekt Red Witcher video game being in development, the director of the game, Jason Salma, promised that the game would not have any crackles. For those who don’t know what crunches are, simply put, crunches are stages of development where workers are required to work many more hours per week to meet deadlines, often unpaid. Several game companies, including CD Projekt Red, have taken a stand against work constraints on the vow to be “more human”, as CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwińsk said. However, this non-crisis oath has already been assured by CD Projekt Red, only to be broken several times.

Due to broken promises often made by CD Projekt Red, a quote from a Twitter user tweeted Salma’s original tweet with, “You forgot to mention the horrible crunch sign bonus and being treated like a dog.” In response, Salma tweeted, “Never on my watch!”

However, Salma’s engagement should be taken with some skepticism, mainly due to CD Projekt Red’s history with Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3. For Witcher 3CD Projekt Red has responded to an insider leak that the studio has been cracking for over a year with a side note of “if you have any doubts about the quality of Wild Hunt, take a look at the gameplay video of 35 minutes that we posted a while ago,” and apparently wouldn’t answer questions about the company’s crisis. Cyberpunk 2077CD Projekt Red twice promised the studio wouldn’t crack, but in September 2020, studio head Adam Badowski wrote in an email,

I take it upon myself to receive the full backlash of the decision. I know that goes directly against what we said about the crisis. It’s also in direct opposition to what I personally learned to believe some time ago – that crisis should never be the answer. But we’ve expanded every other possible way to navigate the situation.

At least CD Projekt Red paid its employees overtime for Cyberpunk 2077which most companies don’t.

With this throwback story, as one Twitter user put it, “I’ll save this tweet for future if a new review comes out on CDPK. May searching for news on CD Projekt Red break another promise not to crack begins.


Jack L. Goldstein