CD Projekt RED will crunch to finish Cyberpunk 2077 in time
CD Projekt RED wasn't supposed to crunch to finish Cyberpunk 2077, but after two delays studio boss Adam Badowski has decided to crunch to make the promised November launch – a decision he takes ‘full responsibility’ for.
CEO Adam Kicinski has previously talked up the studio's good work conditions and how they avoided crunch. Now a leaked email suggests that the studio asks its employees to commit to "your typical amount of work and one day on the weekend".
Mandatory: This flies in the face of co-founder Marcin Iwinski's statement that CD Projekt RED would stick to a “non-obligatory crunch policy”.
"I take it upon myself to receive the full backlash for the decision," Badowski said in an internal email.
An apology: "I know this is in direct opposition to what we've said about crunch. It's also in direct opposition to what I personally grew to believe a while back – that crunch should never be the answer. But we've extended all other possible means of navigating the situation."
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to launch November 19, 2020 – unless it gets delayed again.