CD Projekt Red Is Working Six Days A Week Until Cyberpunk 2077 Releases

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As Cyberpunk 2077 nears its release, developer CD Projekt Red has decided to work crunch time to meet the deadline. In a time when video game companies are accused of pushing employees to work overtime, CD Projekt Red has unfortunately joined the list. Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on November 19, shortly after the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. Of course, fans do have high hopes for Cyberpunk 2077, but nobody expected that CD Projekt Red would go to this length to complete the project in time.

Last year, CD Projekt Red had confirmed that it doesn't condone mandatory work crunch time, but the current situation speaks otherwise. Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt Red's biggest project since The Witcher 3, which was released in 2015. Naturally, the upcoming game should feature similar complexity as The Witcher 3, such as branching narratives and RPG elements. In a recent Night City Wire live event, CD Projekt Red revealed the gangs of Night City, which goes to show the scope of the project. Since the developer has a good reputation among fans, CD Projekt Red wants to make sure that the upcoming project is up to the expectation of fans.

The news was initially shared by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier on Twitter, who stated that CD Projekt Red has announced a studio-wide mandatory crunch. Expectedly, fans started responding to the tweet, and since then, CD Projekt Red has been trending on Twitter. CD Projekt Red's account is currently flooded with empathetic tweets in which fans are requesting the developer not to stress themselves out and even to delay the game if needed.

In response, the head of CD Projekt Red responded that employees are being compensated for their work, but does not deny any of the accusations of forced or pressured overtime.

Cyberpunk 2077 is releasing on November 19 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia. The game is also being developed for PS5 and Xbox Series S/X.

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