Millions Pre Order Cyberpunk, Staff To Get Bonuses As Reviews Hold Up
Cyberpunk 2077 game publisher CD Projekt is set to pay their staff bonuses despite a buggy release.
The Polish Company that has been working flat out during COVID-19 to get the new game ready sold more than 8 million copies in pre-orders before launch and has been acclaimed for its mechanics and story but slammed for the number of glitches and bugs.
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An email obtained by Bloomberg revealed that staff will receive their full bonuses no matter how the game is reviewed.
Previously, CD Projekt developers were told they would receive extra pay based on the game’s critical performance.
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the year’s biggest games and a monumental release for the Polish Company who some left-wing journalists criticised because they pushed staff to deliver the game during COVID-19.
The publisher, which only makes new titles every few years is now working to fix the glitches that have been identified by reviewers.
As of Friday, Cyberpunk 2077 had a 90 out of 100 on the review aggregation website Metacritic.
If that score dips below 90, it may no longer meet the threshold that CD Projekt had originally set for bonus payouts.
“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.”