CDPR has high expectations from Cyberpunk 2077 and the main reason why they delayed the game is for extra polish in order to get a 90+ Metacritic score.
Yeah if you release a buggy game you lose points. Makes sense.
Sure, but you can have the cleanest game on the planet, and still bomb in the reviews.
Often developer salary bonuses are dependent on a high Metacritic score. I wonder if the political websites, you know the ones, will mark Cyberpunk 2077 lower than it deserves just to make a statement about staff crunch as reported by Jason Schreier. Not understanding that they are damaging the bonuses of the staff they proclaim to support.
CDPR give their employees 10% of their revenue, regardless of review scores, they do it yearly even when nothing has released. Ballpark figures based on 2019, they gave every employee a 12,000 USD bonus.
These days bugs in a game knocks points from a review score more harshly now then 7th gen. Bethesda status as a high end developer worked in its favor, again at the time but certainly not now. They can't get away with releasing bug filled games and expect praise especially when there's fierce competition this time around.
Skyrim scored very high and it was buggy as hell on 360 and damn near unplayable on PS3.
bethesda gets free pass, i'm not surprised. any other developer gets marked down like with days gone. it was buggy for the review code and lost points regardless of being patched later, practically day 1 patch and still had reviews marking it down for being buggy.
I waited 6 months after release to be able to play Skyrim on PS3. To their credit, though, it was the least buggy Bethesda game I played on PS3. I remember being able to count on one hand how many crashes I experienced vs. once every 15 minutes playing Fallout New Vegas.
Anyone in software development will tell you 3 weeks does not make the difference between an 80 and a 90. Unless they plan to work these guys into the ground for 3 weeks, it'll likely be bug squashing. Another scenario is a rather large bug they had hoped to squash by release but fear they can't. Honestly, I think it's just marketing because the launch titles for PS5 will take up so much hype, releasing in December puts more the spotlight on them. Make no mistake, they have an amazing track record, and the game will likely be amazing, but 3 weeks does not bring a decent game to a great game.
savedsynner I said it was for bugs and you seem to agree with me that it's very possible to be for bugs. so i don't know what you're trying to get at. Also some reviewers will literally take off a 1pnt. /10pnts. if they encounter enough bugs.
Well, it was originally supposed to launch in September. Now it’s December so it is actually 3 months extra time to polish the game. These smaller delays are part of a larger one.
The difference between an 80 and a 90 could very well be due to optimization or bugs. Something that can easily be drastically improved in 3 weeks. CDPR already confirmed it was due to issues with current-gen consoles and the PC version is "done and ready". While CDPR home may be in PC gaming, the two consoles is where the majority of reviewers and consumers will be playing the game. Those 3 weeks will 100% make a difference for the majority of the current playerbase.
By the same token, if you keep delaying a game you may lose points with some elements of the player base, and possibly even preorders. CD Project, are one of the very few developers that seem to maintain a trust with the gaming community,and rightly so imo. So while I'm sure it'll be worth the wait, I'm not sure achieving a higher Metacritic score should be the determining factor for it's release.
Glad to hear. I'd rather they take that extra time to make the game as close to perfect as possible.
Certainly okay to delay a bit for "extra POLISH" (CDPR being a Polish company and all, you know) ;)
GOOD! Metascore is important for marketing and also making a better game is important for the actual game. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and while games can be redeemed, they have a much easier path if they can simply work correctly on the release date. Remove bugs, add polish, then release. Don't release a buggy game.
Hope they fixed the melee combat because that alone is knocking them down some points from what I saw.
I feel like they are the best western RPG developer. I thought that the Witcher was better than a lot of western RPG especially Fallout. I'm sure Cyberpunk is about take that title.
I think even CDPR was surprised at just how revered tW3 made them, it reminds me of GTA 3 and Rockstar...people forget this, but GTA 3 wasn't actually that hyped at the time. Then it changed videogames forever. I think CDPR are feeling a lot of collective pressure for their new title due to this sensation.
The Witcher one and Witcher 2 was amazing
1st impressions are the best ones. I guess they do not want to be the next EA or be like Final Fantasy 15. Though I recall The Witcher 3 getting updates after release that made it play better and overall it’s considered a quality product.
Witcher 3 got SO much better after release, and they kept upping the quality and they still are. The launch state of the game was good, but the game you get today is so much better. Especially if you consider Blood and Wine "xpak" which is basically a far better Witcher 3 in every way. Even if the game launches in a mediocre state, I'm sure CDPR will eventually make it amazing. However, if the game launches sub 90% on meta, that score will haunt them, even as the game vastly improves.
Funny. The best games in recent years have been the upper 80s. It’s been at least a 50/50 proposition with everything higher.
Yeah, to be honest it becomes 'who cares' after 85, the margin is just so small at that point. However, I do think things like Metacritic score affect a game's legacy...especially a new (gaming) IP like CP2077. It's the 90% plus games that get cemented in the pantheon of gaming history.
Well, not lately so much.
Really tough to average 90+. I don’t see them overcoming all the technical challenges on release day which will hurt scores. Over time it will be much better. Probably more like 88 metacritic
What ? This is the first time i’ve ever heard someone say what metacritic score they are aiming for.. kinda weird. Not that it matters at all what meta score it ends up having i mean come on, GOT and TLOU2 are prime examples of that.
Matters for incentives and bonuses for devs.
Thats what im reading, they want game journo approval, it smells of corruption.
I mean, it's obvious they have these goals as it is. No major developer doesn't think about their metacritic score, let alone most AAA publishers have contractual requirements for such things as well for determining developer payouts.
they should just not give a release date until its out lol , that may be better at this point. Im kind of joking but also not , with multiple delays It could kill hype and give off a negative impression. It may be better at this point given the multiple delays to just not announce the release date until the day of release .
I, uh, well it makes sense... oddly enough.
Ehhh... extra polish doesn't really translate into more metacritic points.
How come a game which went GOLD, yet gets delayed?!
Massive day 0 patch lol. That's modern gaming though. Having a physical game with no internet connection means you could have an entirely different experience once you connect and patch it.
WTF? You have got to be kidding me. Who cares about a congregate review score? That's like someone trying to make an album just to go platinum when we all know the best music is underground.
The devs who would make more money care.
Sorry bro but that is not how true artists think. Make what you love and fuck everyone that doesn't get it. By the way the majority of the devs that you speak of are employees of a company. Do you really think they get much beyond their salary? Don't kid yourself.
@GamingSinceForever Artists? You think they are doing this for the art of it? lol..as a software developer for the past 20 years, I can tell you it's for the money..
From the great Shigeru Miyamoto: "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad," I have confidence that the game will be great ^)^
I do worry about public statements like this, it's like a red rag to a bull when it comes to the public and press. Then again, I see where they're coming from. Deus Ex: MD was clearly a 90%+ Metacritic game but it blatantly got released WAY too soon. Biggest tragedy this gen, it frustrates me playing it til this day.
So they are willing to kiss the "journalists" where the sun dont shine?
Great studio it sucks seeing people get on them over stupid crap. We should reward the good guys. Games Journalist have no ethics though and they just like to go high and right with everything to cause controversy for clicks
If they give it another delay after this one I'm expecting 99.99 or 100 rating on meta.
It's really hard to say but i think i can wait 3 weeks longer.. :-(
They shouldn't have admitted that.
And CDPR will get my money because they strive for as close to perfection they can get. And the hardwork they put into there game before it ships shows.It shows they care. As a consumer I respect that.
We all know that there are certain politically motivated outlets, that will deliberately score the game so it can’t reach that score. Just watch.
I'm sure toxic sweat lords around the globe will be trying their best to review bomb the shit out of this lol
Sites won't allow it. They tend to decrease score intentionally unless the game called "COD" or Nintendo's Zelda and Mario.
No chancy!! 75-84 maximum
CDPR wants this game to give gamers an erection but keeps blueballing us with delays
I hate that people care so much about metacritic lol. I mean independently most of us have maybe a handful of reviewers we care to listen to. But apparently most care about what a collection of hacks think. Even game devs to the point of delaying lol.
Unlike others, I think it's better to wait a little longer, but have a well-polished game, than to play something with many bugs a few weeks earlier. Besides, Cyberpunk already has its own smartphone :D https://www.beste-cheats.de...
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