Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Asks Fans To Stop Sending Death Threats

Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Asks Fans To Stop Sending Death Threats

Written by 

Tom Chapman


1st Nov 2020 20:31

One Cyberpunk 2077 developer is appealing to our better nature and has asked disgruntled fans to stop sending him death threats. With so much hype surrounding the release of CD Projekt's ambitious project, it's no surprise such a last-minute delay has rattled everyone's cages.

Still, the idea of sending a developer death threats over the delay of a video game is something hard to imagine in this era we're encouraged to be a little nicer to each other. 

We're not going to pretend we're not gutted that Cyberpunk 2077 has been pushed from its planned release of November 19 to December 10. That being said, it's a relatively minor delay when you compare it to something like 343 Industries kicking Halo Infinite from 2020 into 2021.

CD Projekt has defended the decision as the Polish studio has promised this will give it more time to work on the game's day one patch. 


Senior Game Designer Andrzej Zawadzki posted on Twitter and asked for some compassion when it comes to the Cyberpunk 2077 delay. Zawadzki wrote, "I want to address one thing in regards of [email protected] delay. 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". 

Although some might have taken Zawadzki's plea on board, there was an alarming number of critics on his tweet. Players clapped back against his appeal and made their feelings clear. One wrote, "People have every right to feel like they’ve been lied to, because they have been, multiple times. The crunch and abuse of staff members was excused as necessary to meet the launch date. But then it was delayed. Multiple times. Death threats aside, ya kinda deserve criticism". 

Another grumbled (and then deleted), "I changed around my life for this game and my finances for this game. Please be more responsible when it is, or at least was, this close to release. Shameful". 

There were also plenty of supporters. One fan wrote, "Let's get one thing clear. The developers of this game are human beings whose lives and health are more important than anyone's entertainment. They also don't owe you this game, or anything else for that matter. This sociopathic bs is ridiculous".

Another offered their support to Zawadzki as they added, "Delaying is definitely grating. I'm annoyed. But at the end of the day I've been waiting for this game since 2013. I can handle 3 more weeks. But even then, that NEVER excuses death threats. Especially when the devs have nothing to do with the posted release dates". 

Ultimately, complaining on Twitter isn't going to miraculously mean Cyberpunk 2077 will return to its original release date. It's all well and good having a moan, but death threats are a whole different ballgame. It's still a confusing turn of events considering there was plenty of fanfare that the game had "gone gold" and was entering the final stages. 

It's easy to see both sides of the story. Believe it or not, there are actually those who've booked a week off work to get to grips with Cyberpunk 2077. Then again, is that really an excuse for sending death threats? Whether joking or not, there's a small portion who genuinely believe the likes of Zawadzki and the rest of the dev team should be punished for the delays. Like it was rightly put, you've waited seven years for Cyberpunk 2077, so what're another three weeks?


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