I'm still shocked how fast this debacle has happened. The backlash for overhyping and underdelivering big AAA games is becoming faster and faster, and I'm quite happy with that. If only that meant companies would moderate themselves with promising the moon or announcing their games a decade before release...
So we saying Bethesda is next then ... good !
Honestly, I think they got it too easy with 76 still.
I can easily see them do something similar with ESVI or Starfield.
76 was the ruination of Bethesda's RPG branch for me. It wasn't until I found out that 76 was made by a smaller studio, that I held out hope for Starfield/ES6 being good. But IMO Bethesda RPGs have pretty much been stuck in a time warp since 2011. The bland formula of Skyrim/Fallout 4 isn't going to wow me anymore. Not with stuff like BotW, Horizon, and Spider-Man out there.
The game might make a comeback. CDPR however... I doubt their image will ever recover after all of this.
Considering how many diehard fans CD Projekt has that are continuing to support them during this controversy, I doubt that. Their image still has alot going for them:
- One of the few developers/publishers that supports DRM free gaming, with their own Steam competitor GOG
- One of the few developers who still puts goodies into a standard edition game case (things like posters, guide books, and even their soundtracks, which most developers charge separately for)
- Strongly against singleplayer microtransactions and things like console exclusive DLC or preorder bonus DLC, instead releasing all of the smaller DLC's they design for their games for free
- Planning to release their upcoming Cyberpunk multiplayer game for free to everybody who buys Cyberpunk singleplayer, something most other publishers these days would charge separately for, considering Cyberpunk's multiplayer has multi-million seller capability and could make alot of money to keep the investors happy
Have they made mistakes? For damn sure. Will it take time for them to recover? You better believe it. Will they eventually fully recover? I think so, as long as the investors don't wrest control from the current board of directors which contains several actual game developers. If CD Projekt ends up getting ran by nothing but suits who care about maximizing profit at the cost of all else (current board made the mistake of trying to please money hungry investors), all of the things that make their image better than other developers/publishers will be gone, and they will just be another money hungry developer like Rockstar and money hungry publisher like EA and Activision. The current board needs to maintain control and do some soul searching and get back to their roots that made them the greatest developer and publisher on the planet, instead of trying to please investors who want nothing more than small budgets and microtransactions for huge profit margins, which would ruin CD Projekt in the eyes of gamers.
Interesting. I was sure you were all for Microtransactions in games. I don't think they belong in any $60 game, and frankly ruin the game beyond repair. Buying a game with MTX in it is like buying a car that has a faulty car alarm, non-functional windows, a horn that goes off on its own, no seatbelts, a backseat light that turns on randomly, and a trunk that can't be unlocked. Sure it's still a functional item, but all those little annoyances add up to the point where I just don't want to play the game.
But anyway, you're right that they do have a lot going for their public image. GoG has really improved in its selection over the last five years. They even have Horizon, which I'm tempted to double dip on. What they did to console users was just devious though. Withholding console performance, and only dishing out reviews to PC gamers, was just evil. I'm having a really good time with the game on my PC. My only consistent bug is not being able to pick up random loot every once in a while. But then again, I am running it on a pretty beastly rig.