CDPR Developers Bonuses Will No Longer Take Into Account Metacritic Score
Executives at CD Projekt (CD Projekt Red’s parent company) took responsibility for issues found in Cyberpunk 2077 after the game was released. In a letter to staff members, CD Projekt told staff members that they would receive bonuses no matter how the game is reviewed. Prior to Friday, bonuses would have been awarded only if the game had an aggregate score of 90/100 on Metacritic.
Cyberpunk was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games of the year, having spent eight years in development and suffering three different delays. In the wake of the game’s final delay, we learned that executives at CD Projekt had delayed the release to fix bugs on the Xbox One and PS4—bugs which still plague the game.
Despite the various issues and hiccups, the game recovered all of its development costs from PC pre-orders alone, meaning that every copy of the game sold after launch day will be pure profit for CD Projekt—profit that will be shared with the developers. According to a letter obtained by Bloomberg, the company was going to award additional bonuses to certain developers based on the game’s critical reception, but changed that decision “under the circumstances.”
According to the report, each month team leaders would award tokens (molded after the company’s logo) to members of their team who they felt deserved extra recognition. These tokens would then translate to bonuses that the team members would be entitled to following the game’s release. However, prior to the change, the bonuses were contingent upon critical acclaim and a timely release. Under the new system, the tokens can be redeemed regardless of how the game is ultimately received.
Even so, there are those who are critical of the bonus system that CD Projekt employs; saying that it encourages employees to work more days during the week and longer hours each day to prove to their team leaders that they are working the hardest—and thus deserving of the tokens. As of this writing, Cyberpunk’s rating is 90/100 on Metacritic—originally the lowest score the game could achieve for bonuses to be awarded.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available for PC on GOG.COM, Steam and Epic, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Stadia from December 10, 2020. When you buy Cyberpunk 2077 on GOG.COM, 100% of your money goes to CD PROJEKT Group and supports their future projects.
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