A new report suggests that CD Projekt Red may have been lied to about the status of Cyberpunk 2077 at launch, which sheds new light on the situation.
Cyberpunk 2077 will always be known for its problems at launch and the inability of CD Projekt Red (CDPR) to fix them in time. However, it now appears that more information has come to light about the actual causes of the launch problems. According to the YouTube channel Upper Echelon Gamers, CD Projekt Red may not have been informed about the game’s status on day one, and at least part of the problems may have been caused by something else.
Just before the earliest patches and hotfixes for Cyberpunk 2077, CDPR released a statement claiming that the quality assurance team simply hadn’t caught all the bugs that people were experiencing virtually immediately upon launching the game.
While many in the community have long considered this a PR stunt, Upper Echelon Gamers has now released a 72-page document that reveals several previously unknown facts about the quality assurance company hired by CDPR, Quantic Lab.
According to the document in question, which was leaked to Upper Echelon Gamers by an alleged whistleblower, Quantic Lab not only exaggerated the size of the quality assurance team working on Cyberpunk 2077 but also failed to disclose that the team in question was primarily composed of junior staff with little experience in quality assurance. In addition, Quantic Lab had a policy of daily bug reporting quotas, which led staff to report irrelevant bugs instead of focusing on some of the most common problems in Cyberpunk 2077.
While Cyberpunk 2077 is still not bug-free, the game is in much better shape compared to what players experienced on day one.
While the gaming community may have criticized CDPR’s earliest claims that they didn’t really know how bad it was, the Upper Echelon Gamers report adds a whole new dimension to the problem at hand. The document itself is pretty detailed and provides in-depth information on production schedules and assorted internal data, making it unlikely to have been falsified later.
As with most leaked information, it is vital to be objective when discussing the document in question. Neither CDPR nor Quantic Lab has commented on it, and, given the specificities of their contracts, it seems unlikely that either of the two companies will do so. Whatever the case, Cyberpunk 2077, for all its problems, has a lot of positives to offer gamers.