Another day, another story on Cyberpunk 2077 and the consequences of its botched launch. It’s no secret that the game launched in an unfit state, causing its removal from the PlayStation Store and an apology from CD Projekt Red. The issues have meant that the studio’s founders have lost over $1 billion between them and are facing a string of lawsuits but that might not be the end of it.
According to Małgorzata Cieloch, the spokesperson of Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK), and reported by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, CD Projekt Red could be facing a fine of 10 per cent of their turnover from the previous year, should they fail to rectify the major issues with the game.
The translated statement from the UOKiK reads:
“We will check how the manufacturer is working on introducing corrections or solving difficulties that prevent the game from playing on different consoles, but also how it intends to act in relation to people who have complained and are dissatisfied with the purchase due to the inability to play the game on their equipment despite the manufacturer’s previous assurances,”
This effectively means the UOKiK will be checking in on CD Projekt Red’s patches for Cyberpunk 2077 and ensuring that the game is steadily being fixed. They will also be ensuring that players issues are being heard and dealt with correctly.
This would be a huge blow to CD Projekt Red with the game getting 8 million pre-orders and selling over 13 million copies within a few days, that’s despite Sony and Microsoft allowing refunds on their respective consoles. The game turned a profit on its first day, however, with the ongoing lawsuits and a potential 10 per cent fine, the company could be left hurting.
Despite the issues, CD Projekt Red are hard at work fixing Cyberpunk 2077 alongside preparing DLC for launch early this year. The official website for the DLC is live and the content is scheduled for release in Q1 2021.
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