It’s no secret that the development of BioWare’s Anthem was messy, so much so that studios are coming out to vow not to overwork their staff or confuse their vision. One of those studios that promised it would respect its developers is CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.
However, a former CDPR developer speaking anonymously revealed that Cyberpunk 2077’s development is not that different from Anthem’s. This individual claims that there are “hundreds of parallels that could be drawn between the story of the rocky development of Anthem and the story of the rocky and even-more-rocky-to-become development of Cyberpunk 2077."
Considering how much stigma is surrounding BioWare and Anthem, this is a bold claim from a former developer. For a while now CD Projekt Red has stood out as a studio that gamers respect and who many feels takes its time with projects, regardless of delays. So when this person says that, “At times, I’ve felt I could just replace the studio name and the game title, and it would all look so similar, almost identical,” it speaks volumes.
Of course, CD Projekt Red is not going to comment on the claims but co-founder Marcin Iwinski did tell Kotaku that development is difficult because the studio is building the technology for Cyberpunk 2077 and the game itself. Anthem, on the other hand, was a case of a developer trying to build its game on a technology, DICE’s Frostbite Engine, that wasn’t designed for the type of game BioWare was making. Presumably CD Projekt Red is building a technology that will support its first-person shooter vision.
Almost every game has its struggles through development, just watch the God of War making-of documentary to see how much effort goes into making a successful game and how many behind the scenes struggles there are. So even if there are parallels between Cyberpunk 2077 and Anthem’s development, it doesn’t mean that Cyberpunk will end up like Anthem. Both are going for very different styles – one is a live service game, for example – and they will appeal to different audiences.
The good news is fans will likely see more of Cyberpunk 2077 during E3 2019 next month, which should both make the vision of the game clearer and assure gamers of CD Projekt Red’s goals. Most importantly, we will get to see how far the game has come since last year’s Cyberpunk 2077 E3 demo.
Cyberpunk 2077 has no release date but is targeting PC, PS4, and Xbox One.