Cyberpunk 2077 has been on many players' radar since it was first teased in May 2012. It finally released in 2020 but not everyone was happy about it. The game may have been fine for its PC launch but CD Projekt Red landed itself in hot water with its poor old-generation console port. Now, the company's investors are ready to launch a Class Action Lawsuit against the Polish game developer. CDPR finally responded to the incoming legal challenge it is set to face.
Smoke and mirrors
The big issue in question is the terrible PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Cyberpunk 2077. The old-generation ports of the modern AAA game feature horrible character models and rough game bugs. The disastrous launch of the inferior versions of the game prompted CDPR to quickly offer full refunds to Cyberpunk players on the old-generation consoles. It was taken a step further by Sony when it decided to pull the unplayable game from its digital storefront.
Despite these big missteps on an otherwise stellar game launch, Cyberpunk 2077 still managed to be one of the strongest releases in 2020. Unfortunately for CDPR, its investors are unhappy with how the launch was executed. This leads us into the incoming Class Action Lawsuit that could have massive implications for the Polish game developer.
The disastrous console launch of Cyberpunk 2077 caused CD Projekt Red stock prices to plummet. The company founders allegedly lost approximately USD 1,000,000,000 when their stock took a nosedive. Regardless of the financial hit that the company has received, its investors pushed forward with legal action as they too have suffered damages in the mishandled launch. The class-action lawsuit against CD Projekt Red alleges the following:
- Cyberpunk 2077 is unplayable on current-generation Xbox and PlayStation due to an enormous number of bugs.
- Sony removed the game from the PSN Store. Son, Microsoft, and CDPR were forced to offer full refunds of the game.
- CDPR suffered reputational and pecuniary harm due to the game launch.
- The defendants' statements about their business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading.
- The investors suffered damages due to the company's mishandling of the launch.
CD Projekt Red responded to the lawsuit in a brief statement. CDPR simply said that it will “undertake vigorous action to defend itself against any such claims.”
The biggest issue with the poor console launch is CDPR's entire behavior surrounding the release date. The developers did not ship out review copies for the console version ahead of the launch which is highly suspicious. CDPR asserts that it was not aware of the console version problems but they will have no leeway in a courtroom. The truth will finally come out if the developer knowingly concealed and shipped out a broken and unplayable game to its loyal fans.