Report: CD Projekt mandates six-day weeks ahead of Cyberpunk 2077 launch

Report: CD Projekt mandates six-day weeks ahead of Cyberpunk 2077 launch

Polish games giant CD Projekt has told staff that they have to work six-day work weeks in the lead up to Cyberpunk 2077's release.

That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that the studio emailed its employees saying that overtime would be mandatory ahead of the launch of Cyberpunk 2077.

This, of course, comes in the wake of CD Projekt RED making a big deal of how the eagerly-anticipated RPG would be made without "mandatory" crunch. Developers working on Cyberpunk 2077 have already apparently been working long days and even at weekends for more than a year.

In the past, CD Projekt has come under fire for forcing its staff to crunch, making them work long hours in order to finish a game.

Cyberpunk 2077 is set for release in November following a delay from September. At the start of 2020, the title was bumped from its April launch date. In May, the studio moved to working remotely thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and said that this wouldn't lead to a delay for Cyberpunk.

Back at Gamescom 2019, we caught up with senior level designer Miles Tost to discuss the lessons that CD Projekt had learnt from making The Witcher 3.

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