While Cyberpunk 2077 has impressed critics on the whole, the game's launch has been mired in bugs and glitches.
The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 is a day that many of us have looked forward to for years. But throughout the entire saga of the game’s delays, fan frustration, and the fevered hype, there’s another emotion that’s lingered alongside our excitement – apprehension.
The game looked glorious from the moment we saw it. Developed by the same hands that crafted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – one of the most highly regarded RPGs of our time, so the hype was understandable.
But the industry today suffers from two major problems; games getting released before they are ready and zealous fan overhype, which sometimes verges on toxic. As Cyberpunk 2077’s delays kept coming and fans became more volatile, the more our apprehension grew.
Cyberpunk 2077 Delays
As we said several days ago, when we reported the Cyberpunk 2077 pre-load easter egg, delays are sometimes a blessing in disguise. If a game needs delaying, it means it’s not ready for launch.
No amount of fan backlash will change this or magically fix the issue. Only more development time will achieve this, because games are complicated and take time to create.
Deadlines get set ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean they’ll become achievable. These deadlines get set in good faith, but that’s the thing about curveballs – they often fly in from leftfield.
Quality needs implementing practically; it can’t be demanded and added via Twitter. But the more backlash developers receive when building a game, the more pressure they begin to feel – which risks them releasing the game in an unfinished state.
This seems to now have befallen Cyberpunk 2077. Don’t get us wrong, the game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews and will probably go down in history as a classic. But it’s clearly unfinished and in need of more work.
The good news is this will come in time, through updates and software patches. Cyberpunk 2077 already has a sizable day one patch. The bugs are mostly cosmetic rather than game-breaking, so fortunately, the game is not broken beyond repair.
But we can’t deny that it’s a mess at launch. Framerate dips, texture pops, blurring, and slowdowns have all are appearing as are the memes– and on a wide scale.
Ironically, it’s the PC version that’s suffering the most, despite Cyberpunk 2077 running at a higher fidelity on PC. But consoles versions are also experiencing issues.
The game would have clearly benefitted from a longer delay and a bit more TLC before shipping. Despite the further outrage this would have caused.
Cyberpunk 2077 Isn't The First Game To Suffer From This Issue
We’ve seen this happen time and time again. It’s now leading to unfinished games releasing before they’re ready becoming standard practice. And fans barraging the developers with complaints isn’t helping.
The hype around games like No Man’s Sky became so zealous, that reporters who suggested that the game may not be ready received abuse and threats online. The game was unbelievably overhyped and simply couldn’t deliver.
Fans had hyped it up to such an extent that they gave the impression the game was somehow cure all their problems. Their expectations were completely unreasonable.
Sadly, we feel like this may also have been the case with Cyberpunk 2077. The game looked fantastic, and in 2020 we could benefit from a distraction – but that’s all games are.
Games exist to give us a good time, some fun and escapism. We get the opportunity to explore new worlds and have a great time doing so. But overhyping games to the point of extreme veneration only invites disappointment.
It’s important to recognize this and to stay grounded and realistic when it comes to games. It’s also essential that developers have the time they need to craft something truly special, rather than being harassed into rushing the product.
We think there are some clear lessons to be learned from the saga of Cyberpunk 2077. Gamers as a community need to learn them, and so do developers. If we all can, we’ll all enjoy games so much more.
There’s a great game within Cyberpunk 2077, as the reviews suggest. But it’s going to take some time until the game reaches its potential fully.
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