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Old 10-16-2017, 04:42 PM   #1
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CD Projekt Red: "This approach to making games is not for everyone"


The Witcher maker responds to issues of studio morale. Eurogamer has the story.

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Some recent team-leader level departures from Cyberpunk 2077 led to speculation there was trouble in paradise - and paradise began sounding worse and worse the more CD Projekt Red company reviews on employee feedback site Glassdoor I read.

Evidently the groundswell of negativity and whispering rose to such a level CD Projekt Red felt inclined to wade in. Co-founder Marcin Iwinski, and studio manager Adam Badowski, today issued a statement "regarding morale here at the studio".

"We'd normally avoid commenting on company reviews on spaces like Glassdoor, but this time around - especially in light of the fact we haven't communicated anything about Cyberpunk 2077 for a long time and saw some gamers getting worried about the project - we'd like to elaborate on a few things."

It boils down to CD Projekt Red being a lot larger than it used to be - twice the 200-person size of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt development - and having an uncompromising stance about what it wants to make.

"Every role-playing game we ever developed seemed impossible to achieve at the moment we set out to create it ... [but] even if something feels impossible, it doesn't mean it is. As it turns out, most often things are perfectly possible, they just require a lot of faith, commitment and spirit," the statement said.

"This approach to making games is not for everyone. It often requires a conscious effort to 'reinvent the wheel' - even if you personally think it already works like a charm. But you know what? We believe reinventing that wheel every friggin' time is what makes a better game. It's what creates innovation and makes it possible for us to say we've worked really hard on something, and we think it's worth your hard-earned-cash. If you make games with a 'close enough is good enough' attitude, you end up in a comfort zone. And you know where the magic happens.

"Cyberpunk 2077 is progressing as planned but we are taking our time - in this case the silence is the cost of making a great game."
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:16 PM   #2
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Show a Cyberpunk 2077 trailer already!!!!
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:42 PM   #3
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They nearly lost me with the whole trademarking the word Cyberpunk thing. Much more and they'll lose me forever.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:29 PM   #4
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:31 PM   #5
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Excuse me stewardess, I speak spin.

Don't worry the game is coming along fine, but we aren't going directly address the question of morale because.. well it's probably true.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:30 PM   #6
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Some people just want to get their email... code and go home...

They do not have aspirations ... when you push and push on what is possible many times you will fail, but when you dont you make games like Witcher 3 ...

Witcher 1 and 2 had to make "enhanced editions" to fix all the bugs and problems because they were been pushed to released on an artificial date...

My people dont want change and only work in the type of corporate ladder they have used to ...
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:31 PM   #7
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:44 AM   #8
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Fine. There will be ups and downs in any long term project. It boils down to the team. There are always changes and challenges. I still have faith in their vision and ability to finalize a great game. What more do they have to do to show what drives them. I will wait and buy this game. Witcher 3 is a great game.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:20 AM   #9
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Translation: The team has been working 60 - 80 hour weeks for 3 years and many are borderline now either suicidal, getting divorced or don't know their kids but management does not give a fuck and will continue to push while throwing out bullshit lines about innovation and passion.
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:55 AM   #10
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Double the size of Witcher 3? How did they find that many? Did they move most of the team from Witcher 3 to Cyberpunk? If so, it could be understood if many of those Witcher creators want to do things their own way considering what a masterpiece they made.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:36 AM   #11
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I would've been perfectly happy with anther witcher game.
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Get to work you lackeys!!! Daddy needs a new cd projekt release!!!!!
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:14 PM   #14
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Translation: The team has been working 60 - 80 hour weeks for 3 years and many are borderline now either suicidal, getting divorced or don't know their kids...
this happened at EA with the spouses filing a grievance (since employees could not seek suit per contract due arbitration clause), EA actually had to give in on some points but it was all sealed years ago.
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Excuse me stewardess, I speak spin.

Don't worry the game is coming along fine, but we aren't going directly address the question of morale because.. well it's probably true.
Implying that if morale is low it can never recover no matter what.

This morale bullshit is nothing but a video game media talking point. Life happens, things get hard.

America is full of goddam morons.
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