Following the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt has been faced with a small deluge of lawsuits, and four have merged into a single class action lawsuit to be submitted to court in less than a month.
GamaSutra’s Alissa McAloon reported a general shareholders meeting in which CEO Piotr Nielubowicz told shareholders that many details of the case being filed remain unclear but a better picture will emerge once the lawsuit is submitted to the court near the end of June. Speaking through a translator, Nielubowicz explains that the lead plaintiff and their legal representation have been selected but the “value of the claim” is currently unknown.
The original lawsuits were filed by US-based investors following the controversial release of Cyberpunk 2077 in December and the subsequent $2.2 million refund campaign. As cases began to pile earlier this year, CD Projekt swore to “undertake vigorous action to defend itself.” The class action lawsuit seeks to resolve accusations that the multi-billion dollar developer and publisher misled investors in the lead-up to the uch hyped open world action RPG’s release.
According to one of the first lawsuits filed in December, CD Projekt failed to disclose that Cyberpunk 2077 was “virtually unplayable on the current-generation Xbox or PlayStation systems due to an enormous number of bugs.” It also declares that issues with the console version caused “reputational and pecuniary harm” due to its removal from the PlayStation store and full refunds from it and other platforms.
I reviewed Cyberpunk 2077 for our sister site, Sirus Gaming, and gave it a 4/10. In my review I wrote that “while Cyberpunk 2077 nominally delivers, its accomplishments are undercut by a multitude of annoyances. This ranges from flaws in its technical foundations and an incoherent tone that wavers between sincere empathy and outright misanthropy,” and concluded that the game is “broken, inconsistently written and immature.”
Cyberpunk 2077 remains for sale on Xbox and Windows 10 PCs as well as on Steam, GOG.com and Epic Game Store. Following numerous complaints, the game was delisted from the PlayStation store.