It’s a semblance of a return to normal for the video game publisher CD Projekt. Its blockbuster “Cyberpunk 2077” will make its comeback next Monday on Sony’s online store, the PlayStation Store, several months after being purely and simply withdrawn by the Japanese group.
In mid-December, the Polish company launched its new flagship title, after years of development and a total budget (production, marketing…) estimated at some 300 million dollars. Much awaited by the community of “gamers”, the title however very quickly made many disappointments due to technical bugs on the versions of the game intended for the Xbox One and PS4 consoles.
And the buzz machine got carried away, to the point that Sony quickly decided to remove it from its online store “until further notice” and offered to reimburse disgruntled gamers so as not to associate its image with this debacle. . An extremely rare decision in the sector, all the more so for a title of this caliber.
This Wednesday, Sony has also taken tweezers by specifying, in a press release, that “users will continue to experience performance problems. [avec ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, NDLR] on PS4, while CD Projekt continues to improve stability across all platforms. “
A plummeting market capitalization
This setback, however, did not prevent the publisher from selling its game to 13.7 million copies in a few weeks (for some 30,000 reimbursed titles) and to amortize the latter. But the markets expected more from this video game mega-production and severely sanctioned the title. Between early December and early June, CD Projekt’s market capitalization plummeted by almost two-thirds, from $ 12.1 billion to $ 4.1 billion.
Unfortunately, CD Projekt also suffered a cyberattack at the start of the year. At the time, the group had specified that it had lodged a complaint and had no intention of paying a ransom to the attackers who notably got their hands on internal documents, but also on the source code of several of its games, including ” Cyberpunk 2077 ”. The personal data of the players would not have been affected, had then supported the Polish editor.
A week ago, the group clarified that it had reason to believe that some of the data illegally hacked during the cyberattack was currently circulating on the Internet. Without being able to say exactly what data it is. For CD Projekt, the end of the tunnel is not yet for now.