CD Projekt Settles With Investors Over Cyberpunk 2077 Launch

Published: December 16, 2021 8:53 AM /


V leaning against their car in Cyberpunk 2077, developed by CD Projekt Red

CD Projekt has reached a settlement with investors who were displeased over the quality of Cyberpunk 2077's launch last year. The amount for which CDPR and its investors have settled is just $1.85 million, a fraction of the profits raked in by Cyberpunk 2077.

How will the settlement between CD Projekt and investors work?

Last week, CD Projekt entered settlement talks with investors over lawsuits brought against the studio due to a perceived lack of quality in Cyberpunk 2077 at launch. Legal representatives for both parties pledged to reach a compromise, and now, it looks as though that compromise has been reached. The investors in question are to drop all of their claims against CD Projekt, and in return, the studio will pay $1.85 million to the aggrieved parties.

Evelyn Parker clutching a drink in Cyberpunk 2077
When it launched in late 2020, many players (and CD Projekt investors) complained of Cyberpunk 2077's quality on last-gen consoles.

Despite CD Projekt paying out this settlement fee, the studio does include the stipulation that this doesn't amount to an admission of guilt. In a statement given to announce the settlement, CD Projekt says that reaching this decision "does not imply admission of any responsibility" on the part of the company. It seems like it was just easier for CD Projekt to pay out and make this go away than to engage in protracted legal battles with its investors.

What was wrong with Cyberpunk 2077 on launch?

When Cyberpunk 2077 launched in late 2020, players quickly began to notice problems, to the point where critic aggregate pages began warning players about the technical issues present in the game. In particular, Cyberpunk 2077's quality was noted as being especially low on last-gen platforms. Cyberpunk 2077 was subsequently removed from the PlayStation Store (though it was reinstated earlier this year, albeit with a disclaimer telling players not to play it on base PS4 models). For its part, Microsoft offered refunds to players who purchased Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox consoles.

A gang member swinging a sword at V in Cyberpunk 2077
In all likelihood, this Cyberpunk 2077 gang member is about to T-pose after he finishes his attack animation.

These issues got bad enough that CD Projekt investors started to sit up and take notice. They brought a lawsuit against the company, alleging that CDPR had provided them with misleading information regarding the game's launch quality. It looks like CD Projekt has managed to avoid that fate with this latest settlement, though, something the studio will no doubt be glad about. CD Projekt itself seems fairly happy with Cyberpunk now; the studio says the game will eventually be seen as "very good" once enough time has passed. We'll let history be the judge of that.

Have you played Cyberpunk 2077? Do you think it's in a good state now? Let us know in the comments below!

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