So Sony just dropped a bomb tonight. They delisted Cyberpunk 2077 from the Playstation Store and set the Internet on fire.
CD Projekt can’t seem to catch a break. First, it’s the false allegations of Cyberpunk being racist and transphobic. Then a reviewer claimed that it made her have a seizure. There’s no proof of that last one so I’m just going to call it a lie since I’ve already proved that they lied about the game not having any meaningful trans characters in it.
Now Sony has one-upped everyone by completely delisting it from their storefront. It’s no mystery that Cyberpunk 2077 is a pretty buggy game. Especially on consoles, but to completely remove it from the storefront felt like a big “fuck you” from Sony to CD Projekt because of a statement CD Projekt Red released recently about refunds without consulting Sony first. Sony does not do refunds. You’ll have better luck getting one from Nintendo (another anti refund company) than them. One can only imagine what the conversation leading up to this delisting was like between Sony and CD Projekt Red, but it, obviously, wasn’t a good one.
This has never happened before to a triple-A game. In a world where Fallout 76, Anthem, and freaking No Man’s Sky has come and gone. Not one of those titles was ever pulled from a storefront and all of those games launched in way worse shape than Cyberpunk. Most of the controversy is about the ugly graphics and bugs. You have every right to complain about your game not working properly. I’m on your side there, but the ugly graphics part… What did you expect from 7-year-old hardware? Yes, your game should work, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be pretty.
Sony has backed itself into a corner in my opinion. I don’t expect hardcore Sony ass kissers to agree with that statement. Pulling Cyberpunk 2077 over a fixable problem means you should pull EVERY other buggy game that gets backlash from gamers. Games like Call of Duty Cold War is reportedly bricking Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. Now that’s a bigger problem than some low res textures and performance issues, but did Sony pull that game from the PS Store? No. Why? Because the developers didn’t promise anyone refunds on their console that they didn’t have the power to deliver.
Fallout 76 had one of the worst launches in recent memory and it wasn’t working on any platform. I’ll admit that my problems with the game were very minimal compared to others, but why wasn’t that game removed? Hell, why wasn’t any Bethesda game removed?
How about No Man’s Sky? A game that was so overhyped and it failed to deliver on any of its promises. That game is very similar to Cyberpunk to where the hype for it was unreal and when it launched it just didn’t work. In this case, Cyberpunk is actually playable. It’s very playable on PC and current-generation consoles. From what I’ve read around the Internet it’s even playable for people on the PS4 and Xbox One. Now, they did admit to frequent crashes, which is never good, but they said it’s nothing they haven’t experienced before in other open-world games.
No Man’s Sky was ugly, filled with bugs on Playstation 4, and PC, and repeatably crashed both systems. The only great version of the game launched on Xbox One. The fixed version that Hello Games worked tirelessly on because the game launched two years early. That was a broken game and if any game deserved to pulled from storefronts it was that one. So since this has happened to Cyberpunk that means it has to happen to other games now. You can’t pick and choose which games you want on your platform. If the next Madden game is a buggy mess that crashes the Playstation 5 you’re entitled to refund your customers and pull that game off your storefront. That’s the message you’re sending here.
The reason why none of those games were delisted was that none of those developers promised refunds to their customers as CD Projekt Red did. I believe that’s why Cyberpunk 2077 was delisted. Not because it’s so “broken” and beyond repair. My biggest question is will Cyberpunk 2077 get updated on the Playstation consoles now? Since it’s delisted that means it’s no longer supported so will they allow CD Projekt Red to patch the game on their platform? Will CD Projekt Red even want to after this? I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t.
Will Microsoft follow in Sony’s footsteps and delist Cyberpunk from their marketplace? Only time will tell. If it does happen I’ll be here making the exact same argument against Microsoft because that means they’ll have to do it for other games. One good thing that’s come from all of this though is that developers should be warier about releasing buggy games in the future. Unless that rule only applies to CD Projekt Red…
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