Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Shows the Magnitude of Threats he Received

Published 10/29/2020, 8:34 AM EDT


No one expected Cyberpunk 2077 to be delayed again. Although, life and CDPR had different plans. The game was supposed to launch on November 19, with ‘no more delays’, but is now postponed to December 10. Obviously, the news frustrated the community, and rightfully so. The game has already been delayed four times now and fans have been fuming with rage. But the way some fans expressed their disappointment is absolutely unacceptable.

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CD Projekt RED Developer Andrzej Zawadzki recently revealed how he and his fellow developers at CDPR received death threats.

“I want to address one thing in regards of the @CyberpunkGame delay.

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“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.”

The developers work tirelessly to ensure that a game is satisfactory for the players to a tee. Delays can happen due to a multitude of reasons, and developers at CDPR have had to work remotely this year, which certainly hasn’t helped.

In Cyberpunk’s case, the game may be delayed more than any other, but this still doesn’t mean sending death threats to developers is acceptable.

Andrzej further revealed, in a separate tweet, just how grave the threats are. Do note before reading further that the threats are quite explicit.

Cyberpunk 2077 developers aren’t the first ones to receive death threats this year

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Andrzej also notes that this is one of the ‘mildest’ messages. Thankfully, the developers are taking necessary action against these hatemongers. Although, this is not even the first time something like this has happened.

Recently, developers at Insomniac games replaced Peter Parker’s face model in Spider-Man Remastered. This caused quite an uproar in the community where the creative director received death threats. Earlier, The Last of Us 2 voice actress Laura Bailey had also received death threats for her role in the game.

Being emotionally attached to a game is okay, but letting it consume you to an extent where you forget the difference between right and wrong is never okay. Toxic fanaticism has always been one of the worst aspects of the gaming industry, and it needs to stop. In the case of Cyberpunk 2077, the developers are already working overtime.

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The debate around whether it is a good thing or not is for another time, but it still doesn’t change the facts. Even they understand the repercussions of not releasing a game on time. But giving them more things to worry about, especially like sending them death threats, is only going to make matters worse.

This year has been tough and frustrating for everyone. It is only natural to express discontent about things you feel strongly for, but not if it threatens someone’s life.

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Akshay Patel

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Akshay Patel is the Group Head of the eSports division at EssentiallySports. After having obtained his BBA degree, Akshay has been in the field of social media and content creation since 2018. He grew up playing Counter-Strike and has been hooked on gaming ever since.

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