CD Projekt Red's (CDPR) highly anticipated title Cyberpunk 2077 had a very rocky launch, to say the least, and things haven't massively improved since then. Sony removed the game from the PlayStation Store altogether and offered full refunds to customers, while Microsoft gave refunds without removing it from distribution on its digital storefronts. The PC version didn't fare much better and multiple investors sued the firm for false claims.
Despite all of this, CDPR has now announced that it has no plans to give up on Cyberpunk 2077.
In a statement to Reuters, CDPR joint chief executive Adam Kicinski outlined the company's ambitions for the game by saying that:
I don’t see an option to shelve Cyberpunk 2077. We are convinced that we can bring the game to such a state that we can be proud of it and therefore successfully sell it for years to come.
The executive pointed out that CDPR is on friendly terms with Sony and that the recent updates to the game are the first steps in the direction to return Cyberpunk 2077 to the PlayStation Store. Kicinski also highlighted that the standalone multiplayer version of the title is canceled because the new format is too risky for the company right now.
He went on to say that the company is on the lookout for acquisition opportunities as part of its efforts to work on two AAA games in parallel starting from next year.
All in all, it's not particularly surprising that CDPR is refusing to give up on Cyberpunk 2077 so quickly. Redemption stories for games that launched in a questionable state are not entirely uncommon. While the title lost 75% of its active player base on Steam almost a month after launch, it still managed to sell over 13 million copies overall after processing refunds. As such, it makes sense that the developer wants to fix the game to rebuild confidence in the studio while offering a more playable experience to gamers.