While it was thought that things could calm down a bit at the start of this year 2021, it remains very difficult for CD Projekt Red and the CyberPunk 2077 affair. After the withdrawal of sales of the PS4 version on the PlayStation Store, the threat of investors to file a complaint with the studio for false advertising or even the many requests for reimbursement of the game … CD Projekt Red ends its year 2020 rather badly and does not manage to start the year 2021 better.
Today, it is a Polish government agency that threatens the studio with a heavy fine if it does not collaborate.
CD Projekt Red under threat of heavy fine
It is therefore the Polish agency Urząd Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów (UOKiK), an agency responsible for consumer protection in Poland, which has just put pressure on CD Projekt in the CyberPunk 2077 case. agency intends to treat with great attention following the botched versions of the game on PS4 and Xbox One which were moreover concealed until their release. In a press release, the UOKiK announces:
Translation of the press release of the Urząd Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów (UOKiK) agency:
We ask CD Projekt RED to explain to us the problems encountered, and to detail the actions they intend to implement. We are going to check their working methods so that they make corrections to solve the problems that prevent the game from running correctly on the various consoles on the market. Finally, we will ask them what methods they plan to put in place to respond to the dissatisfaction of consumers who were not satisfied with their purchase and have complained to the publisher.
We understand better Marcin Iwinski’s speech, co-founder of CD Projekt Red which addressed gamers via a video to explain why the launch of the game was missed, what were the issues and what were the 2021 plans around CyberPunk 2077 with corrective updates, DLC offered and the next-gen update to come. In the end, the studio was not really aimed at players and the community, but especially at the Polish agency.
And we understand even better why CD Projekt was quick to react. Indeed, the Urząd Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów (UOKiK) threatens the studio with a heavy fine of 10% of the income for the year 2020! When we know that the game sold 13 million copies in a few days despite the controversy, CD Projekt Red’s quick reaction is understandable.
It remains to be seen now if this will be enough and especially if the two big patches expected for January and February will succeed in solving the many problems.