Following the countless controversies surrounding CD Projekt RED and Cyberpunk 2077, the action-RPG is already being sold at discounted prices in different retail stores. It hasn’t been long since Cyberpunk 2077 was released—specifically, a little over a month has passed—yet the game can already be purchased for half its initial price.
As you may or may not know, the game didn’t have the kind of launch week that most of us expected. When Cyberpunk 2077 was finally released in December, after how many years of waiting, fans were disappointed to find that the game was riddled with a plethora of bugs—some of which were game-breaking.
Most of these issues came from the console versions, particularly the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game’s console versions performed so badly that many players requested full refunds. While many believe that Cyberpunk 2077 will get better once everything has been ironed out via hotfixes, Amazon, Best Buy, and other similar retailers have still chosen to greatly reduce the game’s price.
Those two aforementioned retailers, in particular, have reduced Cyberpunk 2077’s original $59.99 price to $29.99. Although, there are a few limitations when it comes to what appears to be a great deal. So far, none of these retailers are slashing the price of the game’s digital versions.
In other words, interested players who only own the digital version of either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X won’t be able to take advantage of this price drop, since these versions don’t have disk drives like the physical ones.
Not only that, owners of either PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or standard PlayStation 5 consoles never got to experience a drop in price for Cyberpunk 2077. Plus, it’s worth mentioning that we don’t know how long these discounted prices will last, as it may not be permanent.
That being said, Amazon and Best Buy reduced the game’s price on their respective storefronts shortly after developer CD Projekt RED was once again heavily criticized in recent days. For more context, there was a recent report revealing that the footage used to promote the game during E3 2018 was not real or “faked.”
Within that same report lies another claim stating that CD Projekt RED wasn’t even done coding Cyberpunk 2077’s underlying gameplay systems during that time. As you can imagine, this caused another controversy to ensue.
To make matters worse, studio head Adam Badowski’s response to these reports seems to admit that at least some of the allegations surrounding the game were correct. In his response, Badowski says, “It’s hard for a trade show game demo not to be a test of vision or vertical slice two years before the game ships.” Although, he does dispute the claim that the footage used was fake.
In other Cyberpunk 2077 news, several CD Projekt RED employees actually didn’t think that the game would be ready for release in 2020. This assumption was based on Cyberpunk 2077’s development progress back in 2019. In fact, some staff members allegedly believed that the game wouldn’t be ready for consoles at least until 2022.
If these reports are true, then no wonder Cyberpunk 2077’s release in December 2020 didn’t go as well as we had all hoped. With CD Projekt RED facing several controversies—even a lawsuit—industry analysts are beginning to think that the studio might be bought out at some point in the future.