Cyberpunk 2077 Refunds
SIE strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, therefore we will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store. SIE will also be removing Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store until further notice.
Once we have confirmed that you purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store, we will begin processing your refund. Please note that completion of the refund may vary based on your payment method and financial institution.
What a terrible fall from grace!
A month ago, we were expecting this game to rank up there with the likes of Deus Ex, Grand Theft Auto 5, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Metal Gear Solid.
Now, at least the 8th gen versions are regarded right alongside the likes of No Man's Sky (at launch), Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, Ride to Hell: Retribution, and Superman 64.
The score may change as patches are released, so here's what it looked like on December 17th, 2020
They may very well make a comeback after patching all the problems, but the damage has been done. And that's the chief issue with this culture of "release a game unfinished and finish it later"— we humans are creatures of first-impressions, and if you give a bad first impression, you have to work your ass off just to redeem yourself. No Man's Sky, for example, has long since been improved into a state where it's actually really solid, if still a far cry from what was hyped. But most people still only remember the shambolic launch state and won't give the game a second chance.
CD Projekt Red had sloppy launches for The Witcher 2 and 3 which they improved greatly over time, but they weren't quite in the public eye back then. After the explosive success of The Witcher 3 and the hype for the promise of Cyberpunk 2077, people were expecting something legendary. Literally Deus Ex: Human Revolution meets Grand Theft Auto 5 with a character creator straight out of Saints Row or Black Desert Online.
This catastrophic launch, however, is going to be much harder to claw back from because most people aren't coming on after everything's been fixed like The Witcher 3. This game had 8 million preorders— and I'd imagine a massive number of them were on PS4 and Xbox One. Not to mention that the bugs aren't the only issues. The game itself feels half-baked. It feels less like it was in development for 8 years and more like it was in development for 1 and a half. I get that they put most of their focus on The Witcher 3 for a while and only seriously started working on this when that one was finished, but this is just...
Good god, man!
MORAL OF THE STORY: DON'T PREORDER GAMES. IF YOU PREORDER GAMES, YOU FUCKED UP. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW GOOD THE GAME LOOKS BEFORE LAUNCH. DON'T PREORDER GAMES.