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Sony removes Poland’s Cyberpunk 2077 video game from PlayStation, CD Projekt shares tumble down

Sony has removed Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation Store following complaints of glitches in the video game created by Poland’s CD Projekt.

The game that claims to be an “open-world, action-adventure story set in a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification” and it features Hollywood star Keanu Reeves. Sony’s knee-jerk move has hit the CD Projekt, Poland’s top video game maker, with its shares tumbling down from last week’s high by 12.2% on Friday.

Sony, however, said the suspension was temporary without giving any reason. The game Cyberpunk lets gamers play as mercenary outlaw “V” when people were stuck at home during the pandemic. Since the coronavirus crisis is around, the demand for the game has boosted.

Aware of bugs

CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski admitted the existence of bugs as there had been fewer external testers, who could not test it from home due to COVID-19. CD Projekt has promised to work on bugs and release patches in January and February. It means the game is not ready to debut in December and the decision to launch without proper tests for bugs was a big mistake, said market analysts.

“The game needed another six months of development to fix bugs and polish it,” John Vilnis, a gamer from Brisbane, Australia said.

CD Projekt, which gained prominence with its ‘The Witcher’ series to become one of Poland’s biggest listed companies, was expected to break sales records with Cyberpunk. So far, there is no move from Google’s Stadia and Microsoft about the removal of the game from their consoles or platforms.

The launch of Cyberpunk amid the pandemic, when other big players Microsoft’s ‘Halo Infinite’ have delayed their launch is significant. Microsoft is considering full refunds to those who bought the game from the Microsoft Store.


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