CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 was finally released on Thursday, December 10 after being in development for more than seven years. The game sold 8 million copies in pre-orders but the reviews have been mixed and not what the developers would have anticipated. Despite this, Bloomberg claims the game developers would still get their bonuses regardless of how the reviews pan out.
The Polish publisher had previously told its developers bonuses will be tied to the game’s critical reception, however, in an email obtained by Bloomberg on Friday, executives took responsibility for game’s buggy release and promised developers would receive their bonuses no matter what happens.
“We initially had a bonus system that was focused on the game’s ratings and the release date, but after consideration, we believe that measure is simply not fair under the circumstances,” wrote Adam Badowski, studio head and creative director for Cyberpunk 2077, in the email to staff. “We underestimated the lengths and complexity involved to make this a reality, and still you did everything you could to deliver an ambitious, special game.”
Cyberpunk 2077 has a review rating of 90 out of 100 on Metacritic which is a good score and it indicates the game is highly rated. This could change however with several reports of glitches and bugs on current-gen consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox One despite the game being a current-gen version.
Despite all the bugs and glitches, Cyberpunk has performed well commercially and remains arguably the biggest title this year. The game has already exceeded $50 million in revenues on Steam and also broke the concurrent player record for a single-player PC game on Thursday with over one million players.