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Cyberpunk 2077’s woes have continued long after the game launched, with all the issues that entailed. CD Projekt Red announced yesterday that we'll have to wait until the second half of March for the next big patch. The developer cited that recent ransomware hack as the major culprit — it initially planned to launch the 1.2 patch in February. As you’re probably aware, February ends this week. The news is especially frustrating for PS5 owners as the game hasn’t returned to the PlayStation Store since it was pulled.
Later in the day, Bloomberg sources said that many of the people working on CP2077 had been locked out of their workstations for the last two weeks. Developers can't get into the corporate VPN to access the tools they need from home and were apparently asked to ship their computers to the IT department, so they could be scanned for malware.
Months later, I’m not sure you can consider the latest problems “launch problems,” but it’s still a mess for CD Projekt Red.
Talking of messy game launches, Anthem Next, a retooled version of BioWare's jetpack-fueled action game, has been canceled. BioWare says it will continue running the Anthem live service as it stands. "Working from home during the pandemic has had an impact on our productivity and not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress on our teams," said executive producer Christian Dailey in the blog post announcing the news.
Anthem came out in February 2019 and was widely regarded as, well, a mess. At launch, it was riddled with game-breaking glitches and inconsistencies. A year after launch, veteran BioWare boss Casey Hudson outlined a plan to fix the game. Hudson ended up leaving BioWare at the end of 2020.Continue reading.
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