CD Projekt RED has responded to claims that its studio is in “chaos”. The comments come from alleged employees of CD Projekt RED, who have written statements on anonymous company review website Glassdoor, including claims the Polish developer is “bad”, “management is incompetent” and working there is “bad for your mental health.”
Amongst other things, this prompted concern among fans that development of Cyberpunk 2077 may be in trouble. CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwinski and studio head Adam Badowski have moved to assuage these fears, publishing a statement to that effect on Twitter.
“If you're following news related to CD Projekt RED, you might have recently stumbled on information regarding morale here at the studio. We’d normally avoid commenting on company reviews on spaces like Glassdoor, but this time around - especially in light of the fact that we haven’t communicated anything about Cyberpunk 2077 for a long time and saw some gamers gettings worried about the project - we’d like to elaborate on a few things,” said Iwinski and Badowski.
They go on to explain that since 2015 and the launch of The Witcher 3, the studio has almost doubled in size. A lot of people are coming and going, and CDPR “always wish them all the best and respect both their decision and the feedback they give us as a reason for their departure.” However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the Cyberpunk 2077 project is in any danger. “So, does a departure, even a high profile one, mean that the project is in danger? One would need to be very courageous to base the future of a AAA role-playing game of such scope on one person (or a few people).”
They also go on to explain the challenges faced throughout the development of The Witcher trilogy, whether that’s the five years it took to develop the original, making their own engine for The Witcher 2 or reinventing open-worlds for The Witcher 3. “This approach to making game is not for everyone,” say Iwinski and Badowski, in a passionate statement that boils down to ‘if you can’t take the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen’.
“It often requires a conscious effort to ‘reinvent the wheel’ - even if you personally think it already works like a charm. But you know what? We believe reinventing the wheel every friggin’ time is what makes a better game.
“Cyberpunk 2077 is progressing as planned, but we are taking our time - in this case, silence is the cost of making a great game.”
From the sounds of it, it’s business as usual at CDPR then, despite claims from ex-employees of unrest. Fingers crossed we finally hear some news about Cyberpunk 2077 soon.