Well-known journalist Jason Schreier from Bloomberg published another article about CD Projekt RED. First of all, he was interested in the consequences of the unsuccessful launch of Cyberpunk 2077 and the problem of crunches in the studio.
A red thread through the entire material is the statement that the company “has embarked on the path of redemption.”
CD Projekt originally planned to release at least two expansions for Cyberpunk 2077 . But after the game was poorly received, the company abandoned the original strategy, switched to free content updates, and eventually decided to focus on Phantom Liberty.
According to Gabriel Amatangelo, game director of the Phantom Liberty add-on and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, the studio completely abandoned crunch, which is why development was delayed for several years:
Management’s commitment to the game is something. I was struck by their humility and willingness to change. Luckily, we have a very healthy work-life balance in the studio right now.
Other studio staff confirmed to Schreier that there were no more reworks in CD Projekt RED. Moreover, now those who want to sit on the game for a couple of extra hours must ask permission from the management and often receive refusals.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty releases September 26 for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.