Touching to see someone who has poured the better part of a decade into this game, is finally witnessing to enjoy it as he intended.
Cyberpunk 2077 is experiencing a kind of resurgence that many did not expect. Especially as we’re approaching two years since its incredibly rocky release. The game is finally in a state where people are celebrating and appreciating the amount of work that’s been done, and it’s clear that this game is hitting home with those who helped create it, Cyberpunk’s Director of Research recently explained.
CD Projekt’s Paul Sasko spoke about the launch and whereabouts of Cyberpunk today with fans on Twitch over the weekend. Pablo397 pulled the clip from the stream and shared it on Reddit, where Sasko was clearly struggling to resist tears as he shares some of what he went through at launch and how much he appreciates where the game is now.
Sasko reveals that his girlfriend saw him “shattered” after the launch of Cyberpunk, noting that some people put eight years of their lives into the game. This certainly adds to the fact that Cyberpunk was first announced by CDPR in 2013, more than seven years before it finally arrived. “It’s good to be back. It’s really good to be back. It was very heartbreaking,” Sasko admits.
The rough launch of Cyberpunk experienced at the end of 2020 and into 2021 surrounded the last generation versions of the game that were so bad that they were almost unplayable. Refunds were issued and Sony was completely unhappy with the game and the backlash it generated, which resulted in it being delisted from the PS Store for six months. The decision to launch Cyberpunk in the state it was in was made by top officials, and developers who likely wouldn’t agree with that decision were largely forgotten by all of this.
Seeing Sasco’s reaction now that people are able to appreciate their work and the work of his colleagues as intended is pretty cool. The long-awaited success of Cyberpunk has been brought about by the tireless work to improve the game, the massive update recently, and the release of Edgerunners, a Netflix show set in the same universe. It all led to Cyberpunk breaking The Witcher 3’s concurrent player record on Steam last week.
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