Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red was undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated video games of 2020. Multiple launch date delays did not seem to dampen interest in the game but made it more thrilling for the gaming public. When the game eventually became available, everyone was dismayed to see that it had numerous bugs and performance issues.
Now CD Projekt Red has to defend themselves in court very soon. They announced that the lawsuit is getting filed in June, which will lead to a huge court battle. It's not hard to see how it got here.
Many said the company knew Cyberpunk 2077 wasn't ready for release but that CD Projekt Red shipped it anyway, which led to the lawsuit. Today, we are far ahead of that, and CD Projekt Red announced last week the consolidation of four class-action lawsuits filed in the US, as well as the appointment of a lead plaintiff ahead of a potential common court case.
CD Projekt Red was forced to talk about the Cyberpunk 2077 lawsuit during a shareholder meeting
Piotr Nielubowicz, board member and chief financial officer, told shareholders during a meeting on Tuesday that the lawsuit is due to be filed with the court next month. Nielubowicz said:
"The court has selected a representative of the opposing party, a law firm representing them and their lead plaintiff – that is the main person representing that claiming party… As of today, we are not aware of the value of a potential claim. The actual suit shall be filed with the court until the end of June."
Sony did not help the Cyberpunk 2077 situation and continues to make it look worse for CD Projekt Red
Cyberpunk 2077 received mixed reviews upon its launch, focusing on the performance of the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Several glitches, specifically on the PS4 and Xbox One, rendered the game unplayable at times, including prolonged rendering times, frame rate drops, texture bugs, and broken animations.
Sony soon announced that Cyberpunk 2077 would be removed from its online store for an unspecified time due to the controversy. Despite six months, Cyberpunk 2077 still does not appear on the site.
The impact of Sony saying Cyberpunk 2077 wasn't ready to release on CD Projekt Red's reputation is difficult to estimate. Yet, we have a good estimate because their stock price dropped by 15% on December 18 due to the removal. CD Projekt Red has not stopped blaming Sony and not their game for this outcome.
CD Projekt Red is not hurting financially from the Cyberpunk 2077 controversy
A CD Projekt Red spokesperson said that Sony's decision to pull the game from its PlayStation Store negatively impacted sales of the game across all platforms since it discouraged players from purchasing it at all. As a result of Sony, Microsoft, and CD Projekt Red refunding purchases, the company suffered an estimated $51.2 million loss in revenue.
Yet, CD Projekt Red is still benefiting from players. At the start of April 2021, CD Projekt Red revealed that it generated record-breaking revenue in 2020, bringing in an estimated $564 million in sales revenue and bringing in about $303 million in net profit. This is more than triple the previous profit record for The Witcher 3.
In this respect, it will be interesting to see how CD Projekt Red responds to these accusations. They have even been accused by some of their own shareholders. Come back to GFinity to see how this plays out as days progress.