Earlier in December, CD Projekt S.A. was threatened with a lawsuit over Cyberpunk 2077’s state of release. Well, it’s no longer just a threat. The company is being taken to court in the United States, with claims that investors where misled about the completion of the game for last-gen consoles.
The class action lawsuit refers to Cyberpunk’s launch on PS4 and Xbox One, ranging from extremely buggy to unplayable. The problems were so severe, CD Projekt Red invited players who were unhappy to seek refunds. It was so bad that Sony removed the game from the PlayStation Store altogether. These issues sent CD Projekt Red’s stock prices down the drain, with the company’s founders losing around $1 billion in value.
CD Projekt Red has received plenty of criticism within the gaming community for providing only PC copies for reviewers, so the issues with the PS4 and Xbox One weren’t brought to light until the game’s release.
The lawsuit states that “(1) Cyberpunk 2077 was virtually unplayable on the current-generation Xbox or Playstation systems due to an enormous number of bugs; (2) as a result, Sony would remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the Playstation store, and Sony, Microsoft and CD Projekt would be forced to offer full refunds for the game; (3) consequently, CD Projekt would suffer reputational and pecuniary harm; and (4) as a result, defendants’ statements about its business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages.”
CD Projekt Red has already released a statement, confirming they received the suit and that they will “undertake vigorous action to defend itself against any such claims.”