Some are reportedly managing to secure refunds for Cyberpunk 2077, along with CD Projekt Red seeing a 29% drop in stock value in a week.
As previously reported, the games numerous delays and leaked footage were not the end of the woes for CD Projekt Red. Associate Editor of Game Informer Liana Ruppert reports that while playing the game she suffered “one major seizure and felt several moments where I was close to another one.”
Ruppert further claimed the initial Braindance sequence in the game featured a device inspired by medical devices designed to intentionally induce seizures. The player character places a headset over their face which flashes white and red LED’s into the character’s (and player’s) eyes.
Despite high praise from initial reviews, the Metacritic user score was far less. Currently the PC Metascore for the PC version of the game is 90, with a user score of 6.7 (out of 10). Meanwhile, the game’s PlayStation 4 and Xbox One user scores are 2.7 and 3.5 respectively.
It should be noted that those who have not played the game may also be submitting user reviews, as Metacritic does not verify if a user has completed or played a game. In February for example a user of Reset Era orchestrated the review bombing of AI: The Somnium Files.
Metacritic placed a 36 hour grace period on user reviews for video games in July of this year. Metacritic would later insist this decision was not motivated by reactions to any particular game. That year also say low user review scores for Warcraft III: Reforged, and The Last of Us Part II.
Users complained of the game’s numerous glitches and bugs present in the game, along with poor optimization and the console version having inferior graphics. Even critic reviews that praised the game also discussed those issues.
While a hotfix has been released, we heard claims that users had been getting refunds on Steam and the PlayStation store. Now, a Reddit user (as reported by VGC) claims they managed to get a refund for the game on PlayStation 4- even beyond the 2 hour playtime limit with over 10 hours.
While the user was on hold for over an hour (presumably to PlayStation customer service) they state PlayStation “were quick to issue the refund and then delete the game off my library.” They further claim that they were told Sony would be “issuing a business complaint to CDPR about the issues, and I wasn’t the first one to call in today about refunds.”
GamesIndustry.biz also report that CD Projekt Red’s stock had fallen 29%- PLN 443 per share on December 4th, to PLN 313.9 on December 11th. According to Business Insider, shares closed at €98.80 EUR a share on December 4th, and closed €74.98 on December 11th.
The company shares had previously fallen to €73.80 EUR a share on October 30th (shortly after they announced the final delay for the game), and €50.00 EUR a share on March 12th. The October drop can also be contributed to allegations of crunch, which was later denied by inside sources in CD Projekt Red.
You can expect our review on Cyberpunk 2077 soon.
Image: Previously released press release.