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Eagle367 said:
LudicrousSpeed said:

Their images are fine. Again, there’s a gargantuan disconnect between the hardcore gamers who populate message boards and the general public. We think we are more important than we actually are. Most people who bought Cyberpunk have no idea about all of this controversy. And plenty of others, myself included, know about it and don’t care, because the game has been great for us. And then there are still more who have such goodwill built up with CDPR, one blundered launch isn’t going to ruin it. 

One Blundered launch is the understatement of the millenia. This "one blundered launch" is equal to enough drama for a decade or 2 for many companies. CDPR will be fine financially but underselling the disaster that is Cyberpunk 2077 isn't the way to go. They are just another 3rd party company now so their image is damaged enough that it will take at least a decade to recover. They aren't in their own class anymore,

I don't know if I agree with that. One only has to look at their tweets to see quite a few highly upvoted replies from CD Projekt fans who are standing by them during this controversy. Look at some of the replies to their latest tweet:

Quite alot of top replies saying things like "We believe in you" and "thank you for your hard work during the Holidays". Yes, their image is damaged in some people's eyes for sure, and it will take time to win back those people's trust, but they clearly still have a ton of fans who see them as one of the AAA gaming greats in spite of the controversy. 

All we have to do as look back at some other controversial games of this generation like No Man's Sky and Fallout 76 to see that studios and their games can bounce back pretty quickly from controversy. Both No Man's Sky and Fallout 76 got slammed on release, with poor user reviews and anger about lies the developers told, but here we are years later and both games are still regulars on most played lists, while Fallout 76 is still a top seller, making it onto Steam's 2020 bestsellers list this year. Not only that, but Bethesda's Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 are still highly anticipated releases.

When Fallout 76 released, people acted like it was the end of the world for Bethesda, acted like they would never recover from the damage it did, but here we are 2 years later and already the majority of gamers, especially casual gamers, have long since forgotten about the controversy (if they ever cared about it to start with) and many of them are still playing Fallout 76 to this day (27th on Xbox US most played games list currently for instance).