Most veterans of the industry already carry many unfulfilled promises on their shoulders, but the new generation of players has been getting used to the most polished products with all the finished finishes. At least until now, when CD Projekt RED’s work has made us wonder if Cyberpunk 2077 is the biggest disappointment of the last decade.
Obviously, throughout the 21st century, mistakes have been made, both by distributors and developers, but no product has been as defective as Cyberpunk 2077. There is no precedent for the sheer amount of negative news and complaints that CD Projekt RED has had to endure.
Rush at the Cyberpunk 2077 premiere?As events have been happening, it seems that there is no different answer to a resounding “yes”. The double postponement by the Polish company hinted at a somewhat scant forecast, and the final release, with all the versions riddled with bugs, only confirmed the suspicions .
Although the PC version was playable in most cases, in the Cyberpunk 2077 game console it became a sea of errors and performance problems, which forced CD Projekt RED to return the money of the game to all buyers who did so they requested. Little by little and based on updates, Night City is freeing itself from those flying cars and unloaded textures, to begin to resemble what the entire community expected from the city of Johnny Silverhand.
It should also be remembered that this project has been generating excitement since 2012, when the title of the game on which CD Projekt RED was beginning to work was made public . This has been creating a special aura to the video game, even five years before its launch. A lot of pressure had been put on Cyberpunk 2077 and anything short of perfection would end up being considered a disappointment.
Other disappointments accumulated in recent historyBut this generation of gamers not only have Cyberpunk 2077 on their retina, but the disappointments have been concatenated in the recent history of the industry . Most of these disappointments have come from complaints about the gameplay, the poor campaign or simply not meeting expectations. However, none came out with as many problems as the work of CD Projekt RED.
Watch Dogs came out in 2014 with the promise of an open world in which hacking would be the main protagonist, framed in a technological environment that allowed the user to enjoy all technical capabilities. However, a most monotonous mechanics ended up leading to a disappointment in terms of sales, a mistake that the different sequels still have not finished reversing.
If we move to the shooter genre, there is no more recent disappointment than that of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a video game that hardly added valuable content with respect to its successful predecessor. While the new installment featured a campaign, zombies, and multiplayer mode, Treyarch developed a video game based on misconceptions that failed to follow in the wake of its fame, but which it certainly recovered over time.
Star Wars Battlefront (2015), For Honor (2017), Metal Gear Survive (2018), or Crysis 3 (2013) are just a few examples that could also be put, which suggests how highly competitive the gaming industry is. One bad decision can turn a brilliant idea into a bug storm that brings a company perpetual notoriety.