Cyberpunk Is Being Review Bombed Again
Back to the start again, we see.
Cyberpunk 2077, as you may remember, had an unbelievably rough launch. The game was heralded as one of the greatest RPG titles ever made, and critics adored it - but the day it launched, players started to notice that something was very wrong. The game was unbelievably buggy, practically unplayable due to its fault and deemed completely unfinished, to the point that PlayStation had to forcibly remove the game from its digital storefront.
Fans took to the internet to voice their disdain, and utterly slammed the game online. And now, it seems, after its recent update, they're back to work being angry again.
CD PROJEKT RED Halts Sales In Russia And Belarus
In light of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, CD PROJEKT RED has come forward to announce that the company would cease all sales in Russia and Belarus.
In a statement on Twitter, the company revealed that all stock deliveries and digital sales would be suspended in both countries, along with games on the GOG network.
"The entire CD PROJEKT Group stands firm with the people of Ukraine," reads the announcement. "While we are not a political entity capable of directly influencing dtrate matters, and don't aspire to be one, we do believe that commercial entities, when united, have the power to inspire global change in the hearts of ordinary people. We know that players in Russia and Belarus, individuals who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, will be impacted by this decision, but with this action we wish to further galvanize the global community to speak about what is going on in the heart of Europe."
Players Review Bomb Cyberpunk (Again)
As a result of this announcement, some players have taken to review aggregation sites like Metacritic to air their disdain for the company for their solidarity, and attempt to weigh down the game's user scores (as though they weren't dire in the first place).
"Discrimination based on nationality," reads one review, giving the game a score of 0/10. "Open Russophobia. The masks have been dropped."
"Stop involving games with politics," says another. "We expect you to stay neutral. Who is right and who is wrong, that we can decide for ourselves."
It's a shame to see that solidarity with Ukraine ends with review bombings like this, but either way, it's good to see companies like CD PROJEKT RED do what they can in the face of such violence. Still, at least they're not getting picked on for bugs as much anymore.