It could have been one of the top games offered at Christmas. Victim of its bugs, the game Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most publicized video games of the year, was finally withdrawn Friday, December 18 by Sony from its online platform PlayStation Store around the world in order to preserve the “Customer satisfaction”.
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The game, produced by Polish studio CD Projekt RED and released on December 10, will be withdrawn from this official online store. ” until further notice “, according to a statement from Sony’s video game division. The group is committed to “Offer a full refund” to players around the world.
A case of epilepsy
A dystopian video game that has been awaited for several years, Cyberpunk 2077 pushes the limits of what is technically possible today, according to specialized media. He had been widely acclaimed upon his release.
However, it has been criticized for its technical malfunctions, in particular for its console versions, with some critics even going so far as to suggest that consumers postpone the purchase of the game for several months until the fixes arrive.
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The game’s release had been delayed twice this year and the developers were forced to add warnings after a specialist journalist complained that she experienced a fit of epilepsy from the game.
A budget of 270 million euros
These delays, which the studio had justified by the difficulty of creating such a vast universe for different game media which added to the complications of working during the Covid-19 pandemic, had aroused many criticisms.
CD Projekt RED had apologized this week, promising to “Fix bugs” via fixes announced for January and February to “To improve the experience” of gambling, while offering to reimburse players who do not want to wait.
According to the estimates of the Polish bank BOS, the budget of Cyberpunk 2077, based on a role-playing game imagined by the American Mike Pondsmith, is estimated at 1.2 billion zlotys (270 million euros), which would make him one of the most expensive video games in history.
The studio has enlisted the services of one of the highest-rated actors, American Keanu Reeves, (Matrix, John wick). And its worldwide promotional campaign had been worthy of a Hollywood production.