Cyberpunk 2077 Is Aiming For 90+ Metacritic Score, CDPR Calls It The Main Reason For Delay

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.

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phoenixwing26d ago

Yeah if you release a buggy game you lose points. Makes sense.

ziggurcat25d ago

Sure, but you can have the cleanest game on the planet, and still bomb in the reviews.

Mr Pumblechook25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

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.

Fishy Fingers25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

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.

AngelicIceDiamond25d ago

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.

AngelicIceDiamond25d ago

Skyrim scored very high and it was buggy as hell on 360 and damn near unplayable on PS3.

phoenixwing25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

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.

ziggurcat25d ago

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.

savedsynner25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

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.

phoenixwing25d ago

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.

Tapani24d ago

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.

-T9X-69-24d ago

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.

Bender650224d ago (Edited 24d ago )

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.

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RazzerRedux25d ago

Glad to hear. I'd rather they take that extra time to make the game as close to perfect as possible.

Epicor24d ago

Certainly okay to delay a bit for "extra POLISH" (CDPR being a Polish company and all, you know) ;)

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zacfoldor25d ago

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.

RickRoland25d ago

Hope they fixed the melee combat because that alone is knocking them down some points from what I saw.

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