CD Projekt Red’s shareholders wonder when Cyberpunk 2077 will return to the PlayStation Store, but the answer is less than hopeful.
One month after CD Projekt Red’s notorious Cyberpunk 2077 launch, the game was removed from the PlayStation Store. Now, five months later, the game has yet to return to the PS Store and shareholders are getting restless. Its initial release was marked with disappointment and claims that the developer misled consumers, leading to thousands of gamers demanding refunds due to the game’s state at the time. Cyberpunk 2077 famously ran poorly on both Xbox and PlayStation consoles, so Sony couldn’t allow PlayStation fans to continue buying the game on its console – especially since many of them were requesting refunds. Within a month Sony removed Cyberpunk 2077 from its store and hasn’t looked back, despite noticeable improvements to the game on both PC and consoles.
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There have been quite a few things for CD Projekt Red shareholders to worry about. Though Cyberpunk 2077 did extremely well commercially, refunds and lawsuits have begun to cut down on its record-breaking sales. Four class-action lawsuits combined last week, two from shareholders complaining that the game’s launch ruined the company’s reputation and dropped share price, and others that claim CDPR willfully neglected to mention the poor performance of Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles. As the lawsuits develop, shareholders worry that sales of Cyberpunk 2077 will suffer.
According to Video Games Chronicle, when asked about the state of Cyberpunk 2077 on the PS Store, CD Projekt Red President and joint CEO Adam Kiciński admitted that there are no developments at this time. He explained that he has “no new information in this regard” and that CDPR and Sony “are still in discussions and with every patch, the game gets better… but… the decision is an exclusive decision of Sony.”
So far, Cyberpunk 2077 has undergone a tremendous transformation from its launch state, incorporating updates and bug fixes that begin to remedy its initial issues. However, Sony has still not made moves to address its decision to remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store, despite the work CD Projekt Red has done on the game. Perhaps Sony doesn’t think the game has improved enough to warrant a reinstatement in the store. Whatever the case, Sony must have a reason for keeping CDPR and Cyberpunk 2077 fans in the dark.
The discussion of Cyberpunk 2077’s potential return to the PS Store comes in the wake of the aforementioned legal stresses placed on CDPR and shareholders. With the need to boost sales, CDPR executives will try anything to bring the share price back up. Many believe that the game’s continued absence from Sony’s storefront could be hurting sales and that a relisting could boost profits quickly. CD Projekt Red’s SVP of business development, Michał Nowakowski said that two factors will determine Cyberpunk 2077’s future financial success. The first being the game’s PS5 and Xbox Series X/S release later this year, and the second being Cyberpunk 2077’s return to the PlayStation Store.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PS4 (retail), Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia, and it will launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2021.
Source: Video Games Chronicle
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