Sony yeets Cyberpunk 2077 off the PlayStation Store, offering full refunds

    
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Darn it.

File this one under “comeuppance for months of crunch that didn’t even really get the game to a launch state before Christmas”: The Cyberpunk 2077 launch fiasco has only ramped up as now Sony has yanked the game from the PlayStation Store.

Platform reps last night tweeted that it will be granting full refunds to PlayStation players who request it. “SIE will also be removing Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store until further notice,” the official message says.

The decision comes in a week when CD Projekt Red has apologized for the state of the game on PlayStation and Xbox One specifically and encouraged customers to seek refunds. Investors have asked pointed questions of the company this week, asking why CDPR said the game was “complete and playable” back in January; they also wondered how CDPR could reconcile its exploitation of its own staff with the themes of the game itself.

Source: Sony
Update
Microsoft is now offering full Xbox refunds, along with Best Buy and CDPR itself.

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Mark

Great, schadenfreude was on my Xmas list this year!

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Kayweg

Hello CDPR Games.

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@manu

Everyone is offering refunds except EPIC Game Store. Just an FYI.. also probably the last time i ever buy a game from them due to the difficulty getting a refund for anything.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Actually, I couldn’t be refunded from Steam either. In part my fault for letting the game open on the character creation for more than 2 hours…

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Greaterdivinity

And for more drama llama fun, Best Buy is offering full refunds for opened copies of the game for a limited time.

Man, their push to get this out before the holidays is backfiring. I’m sure they’ll still be fine financially, even if a ton of folks refund they’ll easily cover development costs (they technically already did). But the PR hit, and the damage they’ve done to their relationship with Sony/Microsoft, is gonna take a lot longer to repair.

Still shitty to see after they spent years riding so high off the huge success and popularity of Witcher 3.

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Utakata

…wow, this is all melting down like a Rudy Giuliani hair dye job! o.O

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Rndomuser

Good. I just wish I will get my refund from GOG store for the PC version. I do not enjoy the game due to many bugs I have observed and many missing features and missing functionality I have noticed when playing it and I do not believe the developers deserve my $60 for such a mediocre, unfinished clone of GTA5 (for people who have not played Cyberpunk, go on YouTube, search for “Cyberpunk GTA5” and watch the videos, you will know what I mean).

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NeoWolf

I went for the PC version and have been very lucky so far in so much as I have had hardly any issues at all, few minor glitches that are fixed on a reload and nothing else. Not a single CTD or anything significant.
The game is great and I am enjoying it immensely.

So with that said I REALLY hope those who got it on console and had issues are patient and give it a chance to be fixed rather than just drop it as they would be robbing themselves of many hours of enjoyment to come.

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Viktor Budusov

I really don’t know what “yeet” means… I never learned Hmong!

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squid

Bree has a 1 yeet per month minimum for headlines. Nobody likes it, but it’s her house, so she can do whatever she wants.

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Neurotic

Hey, I like it! :D

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squid

CDPR is coming out of this looking like the new EA.

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Arktouros

Goes to show all it takes is one fuck up to make years of good will and praise disappear instantly.

This is why you will always hear me argue that as customers we are just the fucking worst.

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agemyth 😩

I say the capitalists at the top of companies like this are the worst. It didn’t even take a corporate buyout for the leadership of this company to cash in on their “we love the gamerz” attitude.

The studio name may have good game releases in the future, but this is not the company that CD Projekt fans loved.

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Arktouros

I find that very much like saying winter is evil because it freezes and kills things. Similarly executives who’s literal job is to generate revenue for the company are going to do so. They likely wanted that pre Christmas launch but underestimated how badly people would react if things weren’t perfect. It didn’t work out, and suddenly they go from Savior of Gaming from predatory businesses and practices to they’re just the same as EA and the rest of them. The flipflop and over-reaction has been absolutely absurd.

I’d suggest things like don’t put people/developers on pedestals or that one company is honestly not that much different from another but gamers really can’t help themselves. There’s always some new dev company who’ll save gaming as we know it and some new game hyped to levels that are impossible to meet.

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MilitiaMasterV

Nah, what you’re seeing here is just the symptoms of companies refusing to pay people to test their games (QA) and using the public to find the bugs for them, and the public’s response to an obviously unfinished product that claimed to be finished, that they were charged full price for. It doesn’t sit well with consumers that people are attempting to rip them off nowadays in that way, so they are getting exactly what they deserve for not providing a functional product for price, badmouthed.

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cursedseishi

I’d say it isn’t even the single instance here. This is a multi-pronged pincer-pile-up by CD Projekt as an entire company, not just the development arm and executed all in the same week. As if one arm saw the other shoving its hand in a fiery running blender and got jealous and decided to shove itself into a citrus lake full of piranhas.

They really screwed the pooch with Cyberpunk (locking reviews to PC to hide current-gen console issues even from reviewers, shortcut-coding to hold things together like ducttape, this whole refund fiasco). And then GoG decided they’d pull a Blitzchung by announcing and then immediately canceling the release of ‘Devotion’ on the same day as they announced and started shoving their Holiday Sale.