Cyberpunk 2077 finally released today after numerous delays, with its original launch date set for back in April. COVID-19 has affected nearly every facet of game development this year as studios transitioned to a work-from-home setup. For CD Projekt Red, that seems to have been exceptionally true, as the Cyberpunk 2077 team had to spend far longer on routine tasks compared to when it operated in an office.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, co-CEO Adam Kiciński said that doing something like placing a character or object into the game could take hours because of the reduced communication between team members–it would take minutes when they were sitting next to each other.
Kiciński also mentioned that it was “painful” for the game’s developers to have to crunch–the practice of working extremely long hours for an extended period of time as a game approaches releases– though he hoped players would be understanding after seeing the final product.
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