CD Projekt's Kiciński apologises for Cyberpunk 2077 crunch remarks

CD Projekt's Kiciński apologises for Cyberpunk 2077 crunch remarks

The co-CEO of Polish games firm CD Projekt Adam Kiciński has reportedly apologised to staff for his remarks about crunch for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.

In an email – obtained by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier – the exec said he was sorry for what he told investors earlier in the week. Kiciński said in a call on Tuesday that crunch had not been "that bad" for the eagerly-anticipated RPG.

"From the bottom of my heart, I would like to apologise to everyone for what I said during Tuesday's investor conference call," Kiciński's email read. "I had not wanted to comment on crunch, yet I still id, and I did it in a demeaning and harmful way. Truth be told, It's only now, when the stress connected with the delay decision and the call itself is lifting, that I'm fully realising the true extent of my words.

"I have nothing to say in my defence. What I said was not even unfortunate, it was utterly bad. For that, please accept my most sincere and honest apologies.

"I always was, and am still, proud of the heart and soul you put into what you do every day."

This comes in the wake of CD Projekt reportedly mandating a six-day workweek in order to finish Cyberpunk 2077, despite saying in 2019 that the studio wanted to develop the game without "mandatory" crunch.

The title is set for a December 10th release now after being delayed by three weeks.

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