The immediate post-launch plans that CD Projekt Red has discussed and envisioned just went up in flames after the buggy Cyberpunk 2077 release. The focus of the developers quickly turned towards attempting to fix Cyberpunk 2077 instead of other plans as the game barely ran on last-gen consoles.
Still, after a couple of updates, the game doesn’t run great but it runs better than before. Still, it comes at a cost. The game stabilized on PS4 but made the world empty and barren. Now, just a few weeks ago eight months after launch, the game received its most substantial patch to date, and alongside that came the first patch of free DLC but still it doesn’t bring many quality fixes and the free DLC was very minor.
In the last couple of years, CDPR has lost its many high-profile talents including Witcher 3 programmers and game directors and after six months of its launch, the game has lost almost 99% of its players on steam. All of the following names contributed to The Witcher 3 in big ways with some also assisted the development of Cyberpunk 2077 in many ways.
Four out of five top names in The Witcher 3 credits are no longer in the team. CDPR studio head and The Witcher 3 executive producer John Mamais left the company in March and Konrad Tomaszkiewicz game director of The Witcher 3 and Vice President of game development in CDPR and who was also supposed to be the Lead Developer on The Witcher 4 left the company in May too. Executive Producer of the entire Witcher franchise also left the company in April 2020 to join the Polish developer Techland.
Since Cyberpunk 2077 launch, a considerable amount of lead developers on the game have also left including few programmers including those who were supposedly in charge of the game AI. The fact that only seven people’s names are listed under the AI code of Cyberpunk 2077 shows that the CDPR just didn’t prioritize this area of the game enough. Somewhere in 2018, the studio may have realized they are falling behind in the more technical side of the game, and then to overcome that they hired many programmers and clearly that didn’t work.
Recently CDPR has begun hiring modders to help assist in overcoming the missing features in the game and other issues. Let us know what do you guys think about the company’s this decision. Follow us on social media to keep yourself up to date with the latest news in the gaming industry.