CD PROJEKT RED Settles Class-Action Lawsuit over Cyberpunk 2077’s Buggy, “Virtually Unplayable” Launch for $1.85 Million

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Cyberpunk 2077’s buggy and controversial launch continues to haunt CD PROJEKT RED, according to a new motion filed this week that will see the Polish developer paying $1.85 million to settle the class-action lawsuit filed against it in 2020 by upset investors who claimed the sci-fi RPG’s launch state was deliberately hidden from them and caused them to lose money.

“Pursuant to the settlement, defendants will pay a non-reversionary gross settlement amount of $1,850,000, which will be used to pay eligible class members, settlement administration costs, taxes, attorney’s fees and costs, and incentive awards for Gordley, Shaginyan, and Trefethen,” reads a portion of the 24-page document spotted by Gamespot, filed on January 3, 2023.

Eligible class members are defined as any investor who purchased CD PROJEKT RED stock between the dates of January 16–December 17, 2020.

The class action suit had alleged that “(1) Cyberpunk 2077 was virtually unplayable on the current-generation Xbox or Playstation systems due to an enormous number of bugs; (2) as a result, Sony would remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the Playstation store, and Sony, Microsoft and CD Projekt would be forced to offer full refunds for the game; (3) consequently, CD Projekt would suffer reputational and pecuniary harm; and (4) as a result, defendants’ statements about its business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages.”

Cyberpunk 2077 is said to be in a much better state now, following numerous patches and updates from CD PROJEKT RED, including a next-gen update that introduced further bug fixes and additional DLC to the game, which originally launched on December 10, 2022.

Phantom Liberty, Cyberpunk 2077’s first and reportedly only expansion, is due this year for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.

Idris Elba will star as a new character in the DLC, according to a trailer that premiered during The Game Awards 2022.

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