PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan reveals that removing Cyberpunk 2077 from the PS Store in December was done for the “interests of the PlayStation Community.”
Removing Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store was for the good of the players, according to PlayStation’s CEO. After years of hype, the game’s release in 2020 was nothing short of disastrous. The game was so laced with glitches, bugs, and performance issues on its launch that it was unplayable for many, resulting in PlayStation removing the game from its store, and Cyberpunk 2077‘s PlayStation Store return still hasn’t happened.
Since its launch, developer CD Projekt Red has been releasing a variety of patches for Cyberpunk 2077, in an effort to get it up to a standard that many had originally hoped for. Regrettably, none of these fixes have warranted it being reinstated on the PlayStation Store as of yet. According to publisher CD Projekt, however, the developer is well on its way to getting the game back on the store.
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While there has been plenty heard from CDPR about its efforts to fix Cyberpunk 2077‘s many launch glitches and getting back on the store, PlayStation has had much less to say on the matter. In an interview with Axios, though, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan revealed why delisting Cyberpunk 2077 from the store was so important to the console manufacturer. Ryan shared that while the choice to remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store was a “tough decision,” the company felt it had to “act in the interests of the PlayStation Community, and not knowingly sell a game that might result in a bad experience for them.” There were no further details given regarding what targets Sony has put in place for Cyberpunk 2077 to reach before being reinstated once to the PlayStation Store.
This decision to pluck Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store was a reasonable one by PlayStation, but it caused great anxiety among CD Projekt investors. A recent CD Projekt Red earnings call revealed that the company’s profit expectations were down by over 60% during the first quarter of 2021. This loss is believed to have been heavily influenced by the removal of Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store.
CD Projekt Red is still facing an uphill battle to get Cyberpunk 2077 in a suitable state – not just in gameplay terms, but in the court of public opinion. A lot of trust was lost in December 2020, and the hit to CDPR’s reputation was due to much more than the game not being on the PlayStation Store (though that likely didn’t help). Regaining its credibility is not going to come easy for the developer. With luck, the hard work being done by staff at CDPR on Cyberpunk 2077 fixes and upgraded versions of it and The Witcher 3 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S could restore some of the studio’s integrity in time, but its publisher hasn’t done much to help realize that lofty goal.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PlayStation 4 (retail-only), Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.
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