CDPR has turned into scumbags. I will get this game when the GOTY edition comes out on PS5 and it's used for less than $20.
I would hardly call them scumbags. Yes, they made some poor choices:
- Deciding not to cancel base PS4 and XB1 versions when the systems clearly can't handle the game
- Choosing to not show the base PS4 and XB1 versions before release
- Holding back console reviews until after release
- Deciding not to delay the game a 4th time, just so they could hit a Christmas release
However, look at all of the good CD Projekt does:
- The only developer/publisher I know of that still puts goodies into a standard physical version, like the good old days when physical games had manuals and such in the case, before publishers decided to cut them to save 50 cents per copy (Cyberpunk standard edition includes a map, world compendium, postcards, stickers, digital soundtrack, digital art booklet, and digital cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook)
- Cyberpunk is getting a wave of free DLC's in 2021, just like Witcher 3 got in 2015
- Cyberpunk's upcoming multiplayer game will be free for everybody who bought Cyberpunk 2077
- The game itself is still great, in spite of the bugs and performance issues
- No singleplayer lootboxes
- Now they have apologized (something that few AAA developers and publishers do when they make a mistake) and are offering help to get refunds
To call them scumbags isn't really fair. They are still better than most of the big publishers like EA, Activision, Take-Two/2K, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and more.
Also, their store is currently the only option on the market for buying completely DRM-free games (except for a select list of games on Steam), meaning you actually do get to own what you buy. I bought Cyberpunk for cheaper than AAA games cost in any other store, and got an installer that needs no online activation or anything of the sort, meaning I can always have the game on any PC as long as I keep the file. You know, like, if the internet explodes or something. I also got some bonus stuff I don't necessarily care for, and more importantly, I got the official soundtrack in high quality. Not a pre-order either, I bought it a couple days after release. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
I'd say they are easily the most consumer-friendly AAA publisher out there, mostly because it's a really low standard, but the GOG store is in my opinion one of the best things that happened to gaming in the last decade. I do think they deserve criticism. It's not acceptable to release a game in a shitty state for consoles, and they should've optimized better or canceled/delayed those versions. Forcing their employees to do crunch also isn't acceptable and it's a practice that shouldn't exist in the industry, but they're far from being the only company who does this.
But people saying they're no different from every other AAA publisher... they've clearly shown that they are. They're far more consumer-friendly than all the other ones. They've done a lot of good stuff, and are still doing a lot of good stuff, which doesn't negate the fact that they also do shitty stuff. That's just how it is.