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CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 release will be delayed by 21 days which led to backlash from part of the community that has been eagerly waiting for the game, some went as far as to send death threats to the developers.
Senior game designer Andrzej Zawadzki took the matter to Twitter to inform the community that some of the hate the developers have been receiving has gone too far, explaining that he understands their frustration but such behavior is unacceptable.
I want to address one thing in regards of the @CyberpunkGame delay.— Andrzej Zawadzki (@ZawAndy) October 27, 2020
I understand you're feeling angry, disappointed and want to voice your opinion about it.
However, sending death threats to the developers is absolutely unacceptable and just wrong. We are people, just like you.
“I understand you’re feeling angry, disappointed and want to voice your opinion about it,” Zawadzki tweeted. “However, sending death threats to the developers is absolutely unacceptable and just wrong. We are people, just like you.
The backlash from the community isn’t just due to the 21 days delay, but fans felt lied to by CD Projekt Red after promising on October 26 that there will be no more delays for the game’s release date.
CD Projekt Red staff member Fabian Mario Döhla (who posted that promise from the @CyberpunkGame handle) addressed this in the replies to Zawadzki’s tweet, explaining that the social media manager would not have known about the delay.
“Thing is: we are a public traded company and it’s almost impossible to tell every employee beforehand,” Döhla tweeted. “Mainly because of legal reasons. Long story short: CP Twitter did not lie on purpose. I simply didn’t know. Apologies.”
The initial release date for Cyberpunk 2077 was in April, it has since been push back three times. First, it was pushed back to September 17, and then November 19. It’s now due to release on December 10, with CD Projekt Red explaining the delay is required to ensure Cyberpunk runs well on all platforms.