Cyberpunk 2077 dev facing possible fine from government agency

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red might be paying a fine for misleading investors and failing to fix its game, pending a government investigation.

Urząd Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, Poland’s consumer protection agency, is investigating CD Projekt Red over Cyberpunk 2077’s disastrous launch. In particular, the UOKiK has been watching how CD Projekt Red is fixing the broken versions of the game and addressing customer complaints (thanks, PC Gamer).

The rise and fall of Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the most dramatic stories in the gaming industry. Leading up to the game’s release, CD Projekt Red mandated 6-day workweeks. A former CD Projekt Red employee claimed that the “crunch” overtime began as early as June 2019, a full year before Cyberpunk 2077 released in December 2020.

Then, when Cyberpunk 2077 finally launched (after three delays), it was immediately panned by both critics and players. In particular, customers who bought the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077 encountered numerous game-breaking bugs. It got so bad that CD Projekt Red hosted an emergency call with shareholders just a few days after launching the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 was even pulled from the Sony store and anyone who bought the PlayStation 4 version of the game became eligible for a refund at any time. Not even Fallout 76, another heavily criticized release from a major developer, was pulled from a digital store.

UOKiK’s investigation into CD Projekt Red is also one of several legal troubles the company is currently embroiled in. One investor filed a lawsuit against the developer, claiming that it had misled investors and consumers by lying about Cyberpunk 2077’s playability. Prior to the game’s release, CD Projekt Red joint CEO Adam Kiciński said that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game ran “surprisingly good.”

If the UOKiK finds CD Projekt Red liable, it could fine the developer for up to 10 percent of its annual income, according to Polish publication Benchmark.

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