Over the past few days, an unconfirmed report (at Gamefaqs) about the state of affairs at CD Projekt Red, deleted content from Cyberpunk 2077 (buy it from amazon.de starting at 49,99€) and the general future of the game spread across the internet. Normally, CD Projekt Red keeps a low profile when it comes to commenting on rumors and speculation, but this “leaked information” from supposed team members was described as “simply untrue” on the developer’s official forums.
The following is a summary of the denied rumor. CD Projekt Red was supposedly working on a No Man’s Sky-style Cyberpunk 2077 comeback. The first two patches were supposed to be released in mid-March and not in January or February as planned. An update should then follow in June 2021, which should fix all bugs and partially convert the PS4/Xbox One versions to a new code base. The next-gen versions would continue to be based on the PC version.
Morale at the studio is said to be pretty low and many employees would want to leave the company. Sony is also said to be putting a lot of pressure on CD Projekt “because so many players are demanding refunds”. Furthermore, it is said from developer circles that the launch disaster was a soothing “cold shower for the management and their failed prioritization.”
Afterwards, numerous game contents were themed, which were cancelled because there were too many bugs. Many apartments that read “Closed / Locked” could have been entered. Allegedly, over 50,000 lines of dialogue were deleted, which will be gradually reinstated with the upcoming updates/DLCs. There was probably also a large section of the game where you could enter the “underground” or sewers of Night City. In this context, thematic comparisons are drawn with the Malkavians or the Nosferatu from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. But the underground of Night City was probably too “dirty”, too ugly and too unfinished for the decision makers at CD Projekt Red. “Bugs” were also the reasons for the removal of two story arcs and a more extensive cab system (three cab types). The cab drivers would have had conversations with V, for example, and also given quests. Also, the role of Johnny Silverhand should be much more “crazy” and not played by Keanu Reeves, but by Cillian Murphy.
There should be more and dynamic gang crime in the city, more drug use (by kids) and more controversial quests that were cut out due to internal censorship, e.g. a quest with priests and a side quest with Hare Krishna theme. The police wayfinding should have worked fine until “someone messed with it”. Currently, it is the case that police forces can spawn out of nowhere and in the oddest of places.
The DLCs are supposed to bring back a lot of “crazy and cool ideas.” By the end of 2021, the game should have the status it was supposed to have at release.