On Friday investors filed a lawsuit
against CD Projekt Red, the Warsaw company behind Cyberpunk 2077, for misleading them about the game’s performance.
The backstory. The hype around Cyberpunk 2077 snowballed for nearly a decade. When CD Projekt announced the game in 2012, it was billed as a story-driven saga where players could navigate their way through a cutting-edge sci-fi universe of corporate espionage.
And – with Keanu Reeves featuring as a main character – 8 million people pre-ordered the game sight unseen.
Cyberpunk was released on Dec. 10
. The mountain of hype quickly collapsed into a buggy mess, with thousands of users posting viral videos of the game’s (hilarious) glitches: cars exploding for no reason, characters with “stupid AI
” being tossed out of buildings or assuming ‘T-Pose’ – standing with their arms stretched out to either side.
Amongst an uprising of livid fans, retailers began offering unprecedented refunds.
Turns out investors in CD Projekt are pretty angry, too. One investor, Andrew Trampe, is suing the company for marketing the game as a success when it was “virtually unplayable.” Trampe is asking the court to recognize the suit as a class action on behalf of all similar investors.
. Although CD Projekt will defend itself “vigorously
” against the claims, shares in the company are down
38 per cent from early December.
Heads up… you probably shouldn’t pre-order video games.