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CD Projekt does not tie development bonuses to Cyberpunk 2077 review scores

The creators of Cyberpunk 2077 seem to have high expectations for the vast Keanu Torting RPG. However, because the game’s lander is rougher than expected (reading: buggy), CD Projekt executives chose to rethink the bonus structure, regardless of how good the cyberpunk review was. It is reported that he promised to pay the full amount of the bonus. Gating employee bonuses behind very high performance expectations is a kind of dystopian “corpo” attitude that you would expect from a fictitious CEO of Night City.

As Bloomberg reported, CDPR planned to pay a bonus only when the game reached 90 or above on the review aggregation site Metacritic. Sure, I’m currently sitting at 90, but the score can easily drop, especially as the rough final-generation console version reviews have dropped to sub-50.

However, given the technically problematic launch of the game, senior executives seem to find it unfair to gate bonuses this way and will distribute bonuses regardless of critical consensus. is.

“Initially there was a bonus system focused on the rating and release date of the game, but after some consideration, we think the measurements are simply unfair in this situation,” said studio head Adam Badowski, Bloomberg. I wrote in the internal mail I got. “We underestimated the length and complexity needed to achieve this, but nevertheless did everything we could to provide an ambitious and special game.”

CD Projekt is not the first developer to gate bonuses this way. Notoriously, Bethesda has promised Fallout: New Vegas to pay only the obsidian bonus with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher. The game managed 84. To be honest, this is a pretty ruthless practice, and CDPR has a tremendous amount of arrogance that demands over 90. Even if you eventually stop the idea.

Bloomberg also sheds light on the CDPR bonus system itself. In this system, team leaders award small “red bird” tokens to developers who feel “honorable” each month. This is my guess, but the idea of ​​competing for bonus tokens in this way only adds to the impression of a corporate culture that strongly encourages developer overwork.

We are still working on our own Cyberpunk 2077 review. Of course, I don’t (correctly) score reviews here, but I don’t like the idea that sites that don’t use scores contribute to the degree of payment to developers.

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CD Projekt won’t hold dev bonuses hostage behind Cyberpunk 2077 review scores

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