The boss of CD Projekt reportedly told staff that he would receive a full bonus despite the buggy release of Cyberpunk 2077.
According to a Bloomberg report, CD Projekt executives are responsible for launching the Cyberpunk 2077, which is plagued by bugs, glitches, and especially PlayStation 4 and Xbox One performance issues.
Bloomberg said he saw an email sent to staff by Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt studios, on Friday announcing that the bonus would be paid no matter what the cyberpunk review rating was. They were told that the extra charge would lead to important performance of the game. CD Projekt has not yet commented on the report.
The PC version of cyberpunk currently has a meta score of 90 on Metacritic. This is a review-intensive website used by some publishers to show the quality of their games. The console version does not currently have a metascore-although it has a very low user rating in Metacritic.
“Initially there was a bonus system that focused on the rating and release date of the game, but after some consideration, we think the measurements are simply unfair in this situation,” Badowski said in an email.
“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 was accused of using crunch during the development of cyberpunk.
In September 2020, CD Projekt informed employees that they would be required to work six days a week until the game was released in November (then postponed to December) and forced overtime to complete the project. I broke my previous promise not to force.
This new compulsory overtime is paid as required by Polish law, but many employees are reported to have already worked long hours.
At the time, Badowski tweeted and said: “This is one of the hardest decisions I had to make, but everyone is well paid for spending an extra hour. And, as in recent years, 2020 10% of our annual profits generated each year are split directly between teams. “
When CD Projekt finally postponed cyberpunk to December, it said it was struggling to ship different versions of games that need to be prepared this year, including current and next-generation consoles, PCs, and Google Stadia. Said.
According to a Bloomberg report, the currently guaranteed performance bonus will be offered in addition to the usual annual profit sharing payments that Badowski mentioned in his September tweet.
Bloomberg encouraged crunches because some staff wanted to show their boss that the bonus system for CD Projekt, which distributes performance tokens to workers, worked harder than their colleagues. I reported that I said.