Sony pulls Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store after backlash

CD Projekt’s ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ game is seen in Warsaw, Poland December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Sony Corp (6758.T) said on Friday it was removing CD Projekt SA’s (CDR.WA) Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation Store and offering full refunds after gamers complained that the flagship title was riddled with bugs. .

The unusual move is the latest blow to Poland’s top video game maker, whose share price has plummeted 30% amid fury from disappointed fans as well as industry critics who have complained about having had limited access to the title before its launch on December 10.

The backlash against the repeatedly delayed game has led to debate about the hype that surrounds new titles, the complicity of critics in driving that hype, and the working environment for core developers ahead of release dates. .

CD Projekt, in damage control and widely seen as in danger of wasting fan goodwill built up over many years, has promised to fix bugs through updates. Read more

The company did not respond to an emailed request for comment outside of normal Polish office hours.

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Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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