Following the negative backlash and subsequent apology made over the numerous bugs and performance issues the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077 had, CD Projekt Red followed things up by addressing those problems during an unscheduled investor call why they did not decide to delay the game again after receiving so much criticism for the performance of the last-gen release of the long awaited game.
During the investor call addressing numerous questions which was reported by IGN, CD Projekt Senior Vice President Michał Nowakowski basically admitted that they they did not look into the last-gen versions properly, and didn’t feel any pressure to launch or delay the game again after it went through three different release date changes within this year.
“I wouldn’t say that we felt any external or internal pressure to launch on the date – other than the normal pressure, which is typical for any release.”
“It is more about us looking – as was previously stated – at the PC and next-gen performance rather than current-gen. We definitely did not spend enough time looking at that.”
The interview went on to inquire how the game passed certification for release on XBox and PlayStation, which Nowakowski points out was “a matter of trust” from the companies to theirs.
“In terms of the certification process and the third parties,” Nowakowski explained, “this is definitely on our side. I can only assume that they trusted that we’re going to fix things upon release, and that obviously did not come together exactly as we had planned.”
Despite hinting at the possibility that they could have the delayed the last-gen versions and went with just a PC release, Nowakowski made it clear that the Next-Gen versions were not ready to be released either.
“[Next-gen consoles] get a completely different version of the game, so it’s not like we could have decided at any point recently to ‘flip the switch’, so to say, and change the old-gen version to the next-gen version and release only on next-gens. As you have noticed, there is no native next-gen release. The game runs on next-gens and takes advantage of how next-gens are performing, but it’s not like we had a next-gen version in our hands and decided to keep it on the shelf.”
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Cyberpunk 2077 is now out for PS4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions will be released at a later date.