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Cyberpunk 2077 lead gameplay designer leaves CD Projekt

Who would’ve guessed that we would be still getting behind-the-scenes drama from inside CD Projekt Red more than four months after the initial release of Cyberpunk 2077? Well, I certainly did. The latest challenge the polish game developers will face is the loss of one of the lead gameplay designers on Cyberpunk 2077, Andrzej Zawadzki. 

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As reported by PC Gamer, Zawadzki has left CPR after starting as QA tester and working his way up over eight years to lead game play designer. In a statement posted to twitter, Zawadzki explains that “it’s time for the new adventure” and that he’s grateful for everyone he’s met along the way. 

As I alluded to earlier, Cyberpunk 2077, the game that Zawadzki was a lead designer on, has had far from the smoothest launch. 

The Cyberpunk 2077 release debacle began just one week after the game’s launch when Sony pulled the game from the Playstation Store due to remarkably poor performance on last-gen consoles. Playstation unlisting the game from their store then led to both investors filing a class action lawsuit and the Polish Consumer Protection Agency opening an investigation on CDPR.

On top of all of this, CD Projekt Red has been hampered from releasing the next major patch for Cyberpunk 2077 due to a ransomware hack on the developer’s shared server.

But what really should bother you about all of this is that employees at CDPR have been receiving death threats due to delays since before the Cyberpunk 2077’s December 2020 launch, according to ScreenRant

Back in October 2020, after Cyberpunk 2077’s initial release had been repeatedly pushed back, Zawadzki tweeted a response to the more toxic side of the Cyberpunk 2077 fanbase that “sending death threats to the developers is absolutely unacceptable and just wrong.”

You know, I really wish gamers as a community weren’t this unapologetically awful. Not to break into editorializing too much or come across too mean, but it just sucks that the people who actually put the labor into making games for companies like CD Projekt have to both put in ungodly amounts of work into a game that still came out too early and then get death threats from the game’s fanbase over delays. 

It just makes me sad to think some of these same people enjoy my favorite hobby. Sorry, Zawadzki.

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