CD Projekt Red developers created a series of comedic bug montage videos prior to Cyberpunk 2077‘s December release, which have now been leaked as they were part of the stolen files taken in the recent cyber attack on the company.
The biggest story and scandal in gaming from 2020 continues into 2021, as more stolen files have recently been discovered from the attack on CD Projekt Red which occurred earlier this year in February. The making of the videos isn’t entirely new for CD Projekt Red, as they released similar media as bonus material for The Witcher 3, the difference however in this case, fans aren’t exactly keen to be laughing.
Originally reported by VGC, the videos do contain some pretty hilarious bugs, and some NSFW hilarity as well though the videos don’t strike the same chord with everyone, since there are still many fans who were left burned by CD Projekt Red when they discovered they could not play what was for many the most highly anticipated game of the year.
These videos are also a further indication that unlike what joint CEO and co-founder of CD Projekt Red, Marcin Iwinski, claimed in his apology video, many of the bugs that made their way into the game were absolutely spotted by QA and testing, so much so that they took the time to edit videos chock-full of the funniest ones. What makes this even more clear is a now-deleted tweet which was spotted by VGC from one of Cyberpunk 2077‘s producers, who said the videos were “a fun composition of bug materials collected by QA and developers through years of development”.
After reports of mandatory crunch, a toxic work environment and admittance that they pushed for the game to be released knowing it wasn’t ready, this is the most recent fuel to the fire of fans frustration with developers not being fully transparent with the players and their communities.
To make matters worse for CD Projekt Red, but specifically it’s top executives, one of the company’s investors is calling for the removal of of top level management according to a report from Bloomber (paywall). A U.K based company called Abri Advisors wrote the studio to express their “utter dismay and disbelief with developments at the company over the last 12 months”, and they weren’t just expressing their own grievances, but on the behalf of all shareholders.
The companies CEO, Jeffery Tirman stated in an interview “I don’t think you could have intentionally tried to make so many mistakes as these guys have made.” It’s doubtful that CD Projekt Red’s troubles will be over anytime soon, and likely we’ll be seeing some big changes to the studio moving forward.