Not many games have generated hype quite like CD Projekt Red’s highly-anticipated role-playing title Cyberpunk 2077. Having spent nearly a decade in production and suffering a bevy of delays, eager fans have had plenty of time to build the game up in their minds and theorize about all the ways it would push the envelope. But sadly, after finally releasing earlier this month, day one buyers were met with quite an unexpected outcome.
CD Projekt Red made the unethical choice to only have reviewers cover the PC version, purposefully holding back any meaningful footage or impressions of its PS4 and Xbox One iterations and it’s pretty obvious why. Cyberpunk 2077 is filled to the brim with bugs that range from irritating to game-breaking, but the console versions are downright hideous, with even more glitches and a general feeling of being unfinished altogether. And as expected, people aren’t too happy about it.
Because of this, Sony has removed the game from their digital storefront and offered hassle-free returns for anyone who’s unsatisfied with their purchase. However, those with retail versions have fared a bit worse, as most outlets have strict policies that forbid them from giving refunds for opened games.
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According to a report from Kotaku, though, GameStop may be taking it on the chin this time around. An internal memo states that all stores should begin accepting Cyberpunk 2077 returns and labeling them as defective. Of course, this goes against the company’s long-running policy of only accepting unopened games for return within 30 days, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
It’s going to be a rough road ahead for Cyberpunk 2077, but CD Projekt Red has promised to consistently update the title to bring it to the standards that buyers originally expected. Only time will tell, though, if that’ll be enough to redeem the developer in the eyes of millions of scorned gamers.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and you can head over here to check out our review.